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Pay rise for top NZ women's cricketers

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/08/2016

New Zealand's international female cricketers are in for a major pay rise.

A new three-year deal between the Cricket Players Association and New Zealand Cricket will see the top 15 White Ferns players offered annual retainers from $20,000 to $34,000.

That compares to the current $10,000 to $12,000 contracts for only 10 players.

The memorandum of understanding also offers up match fees of $400 for One Day matches and $300 for T20 games - meaning some players are expected to received up to $40,000 a year.

White Ferns coach Haidee Tiffen said she expected the change to encourage more young women to look at top-level cricket.

"It's the sort of investment that will really make a difference particularly in terms of sustaining our presence in the top echelon of women's international cricket."

The White Fern's 21 male counterparts - the Black Caps - are paid a base retainer of $85,585, while the country's 90 major association players are paid between about $26,000 and $52,000 depending on their ranking - plus match fees.

The White Ferns season will kick off with a tour of South Africa in October.

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