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Pay hike for elite female Australian Cricketers

Many of the Southern Stars, who recently lost to the West Indies in the final of the World Twenty20 in India, will earn in excess of $100,000 a year. In a statement, CA said it would almost double its commitment to Australia's elite female players from $2.36 million to $4.23 million. Maximum retainers for the Southern Stars has been increased from $49,000 to $65,000.CA chief executive James Sutherland said the Southern Stars deserved the pay rises and improvements due to their outstanding successes. He continued - 

MEDIA RELEASE: Significant pay increase for elite female cricketers | 2016-17 CA female contracts announced - https://t.co/SZ4GtfNP4H

— Cricket Australia (@CAComms) April 6, 2016

Cricket is a sport for all Australians and Cricket Australia will continue to invest heavily in the women's game in the coming years, we are determined to make cricket the sport of choice for women in Australia.

The statement said, "When combined with increased maximum retainers for the Women's Big Bash League of $15,000, the base rate for Australia's best female players rises to $80,000. Southern Stars match payments and tour fees will ensure earnings exceed six figures." Minimum retainers for Southern Stars and Women's Big Bash players have also been doubled, while Women's National Cricket League payments have been increased from $7,000 to $11,000.

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