The world is currently experiencing a woke culture where many of the previously accepted flawed ideas are being pointed out and corrected now. One among them is gender bias in many places such as work, household and accountability. The gender based ideologies are being confronted and asked to be changed as people become increasingly aware.
Leniency in the workplace is one such common thing which is also being voiced out. At times like these, fans are increasingly concerned that gender biased salaries are provided by the BCCI. A prominent female cricketer also has reacted upon this statement.
The accusation and the reaction:
It is undeniable that members of the men cricket team earn a fortune through their game. Though they have multiple resources such as brand endorsements, social media and advertisements, the salary given by BCCI is also a heavy package. After BCCI revealed the contract renewals for both male and female players, a section of Indian cricket fans felt the package to be gender biased.
A top bracket male cricket player gets paid as much as 7 crore whereas a top bracket woman cricketer gets paid only 50 lakhs. This wide difference in the pay scale has raised the question. While one argues about the pay gap, it should also be considered that women cricket is not watched and enjoyed as male cricket! Smriti Mandhana also stated this obvious point when asked to comment about this. She said that “We need to understand that the revenue we get is through men’s cricket.
The day women’s cricket starts earning revenue, I will be the first person to say that we need the same thing. Right now, we can not say that.” She also added “I do not think any of my teammates are thinking about this [pay] gap because the only focus right now is to win matches for India. We need to get the crowd coming in and earn revenues.
That is what we are aiming for. If that happens, everything else will fall in place. For that, we need to perform. It is unfair on our part to say that we need to be paid as much as the men. It is not right. So, I do not think I want to comment on that gap.”