BIG BUCKS: Female professional cricketers are set for a monster pay rise following Cricket Australia's landmark proposal to the ACA.
BIG BUCKS: Female professional cricketers are set for a monster pay rise following Cricket Australia's landmark proposal to the ACA. TRACEY NEARMY

Female cricketers to cash in

Cricket: Cricket Australia has tabled a landmark proposal to the Australian Cricketers Association that will see Australia's professional female cricketers included in the Memorandum of Understanding for the first time.

Under the proposed MOU, the average salary of international and domestic female players will increase by 125%.

Currently, the average salary for a Southern Stars player - Kingaroy's Holly Ferling included - sits at $79,000.

The new proposal is set to add an extra digit to that figure, with the new figure of $179,000 per season expected to reach $210,000 by 2021.

On the domestic front, average salary is set to move from $22,000 to $52,000 for players in the Women's Big Bash League and Women's National Cricket League.

In a statement on cricket.com.au, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said it was time women were included in the MOU.

"We are pleased that the Australian Cricketers Association agrees with us that women, for the first time, should be part of the MOU, and we have proposed a financial model that has gender equity at its heart,” Sutherland said.

But although the ACA and CA can agree on the women, the two parties are still struggling to agree on changes to the 20-year-old revenue payment model ahead of the June 30 deadline.

"We understand the ACA prefers the status quo, but CA believes the model devised in the 1990s, which is based on a fixed percentage of revenue, has served its intended purpose,” Sutherland said.

"It was a means to an end, not something that has to hold us back from providing players with financial certainty and the flexibility to invest in the grassroots of the game.

"This is a landmark agreement. We are looking forward to sitting down with the ACA to work through the details and are confident we will be able to announce a completed agreement before June 30.”