The English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that salary bands will increase for players in next summer's Hundred tournaments – with women's pay more than doubling.
Women's salaries ranged from £3600 to £15,000 - with a captaincy bonus of £1200 - in the 2021 edition of the Hundred and while prize money for the men's and women's tournaments was equal, there was a stark disparity in wages with the lowest-paid male players earning 60% more than the highest-paid female players.
Tom Harrison, the ECB's chief executive, had pledged after the tournament's final was watched by a record-breaking 17,116 crowd that salaries would rise as a result of the success of the women's competition, while confirming that the double-header model would continue to be used in 2022.
"Salaries in the Hundred women's competition have more than doubled ahead of the second year of the competition," said an ECB spokesperson.
"We're proud to be significantly increasing our investment in women's salaries, we believe this is a step in the right direction as we grow the women's game and are committed to our ongoing support of the Hundred women's competition."
Although, top male players will still earn four times more than their female counterparts in next year's competition after salaries were increased to a maximum of £125,000, with a £10,000 bonus for captains. This will bring salaries in line with initial expectations after they were cut by a fifth, following the postponement of the inaugural edition due to the Covid outbreak in 2020.
In The Hundred’s inaugural year, Southern Brave won the men's title, while Oval Invincibles were crowned women's champions.