Cricket Australia will extend the Women’s National Cricket League to a full home and away season under a new 12-month Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Australian Cricketers’ Association.
The acrimonious negotiations from 2017 were averted with CA CEO Nick Hockley and ACA CEO Todd Greenberg working closely together in the past 12 months, including traveling together in Pakistan in Marchto deliver a new MoU that sees the 50+ WNCL expanded by four rounds alongside the 14-game WBBL season.
Australian national players entered in both the WNCL and WBBL will now earn a base average of AUD 86,000.
Australia are the reigning women’s ODI and the two-time defending T20 World Cup champions, but there has long been pressure for more state cricket.
“Our players are superb role models and as we continue to focus on increasing the participation of women and girls in cricket, a full WNCL home and away season is a logical step,” Hockley said. .
CA requested that a 12-month MoU be signed at short notice due to Covid impacts, with another agreement to be reached for 2023-24 and beyond. Australian television broadcasting rights to cricket, the mainstay of CA revenue and player share, are due to be renegotiated in 2024.
“It’s a great result for Australian cricket and I look forward to working with Todd and the Players Association on the next long-term memorandum of understanding,” Hockley said. “Despite the impacts of Covid, the MoU has given the players a result that exceeds expectations.
“We thank all the players for their enormous efforts in such a demanding period. To think that we managed to play all international matches and the vast majority of domestic fixtures last season and had one of the most successful periods of our history is an extraordinary achievement by all concerned.”
The revenue-sharing model, which was the cause of the rift when negotiating the last memorandum of understanding, remains in place with players, men and women, to receive 27.5% of Australian cricket’s projected revenue , along with a 2.5% performance pool. Player fees and match payouts have been increased by 1% across all player groups. The ACA has agreed to allocate $4 million to CA to help manage the ongoing impacts of Covid.
Greenberg was firm on the partnership model between players and CA remaining in place and was happy with the outcome.
“It has served Australian cricket well in responding to the impacts of Covid, where player payments and benefits have self-adjusted as gaming revenues have fluctuated, avoiding the difficult renegotiations faced by other sports,” did he declare.