SYDNEY: Australia’s elite female cricketers were handed a significant pay rise on Wednesday to make them the top earners of any women’s team sport in the country.

Cricket Australia said the maximum retainers for contracted players, many of whom helped Australia reach the final of the World Twenty20 in India where they lost to the West Indies on Sunday, had been boosted to Aus$65,000 (US$49,150).

This is up from Aus$49,000 and, with extra money earned from the Women’s Big Bash T20 League, match payments and tour fees, some will pull in more than Aus$100,000 annually.

But this is still a long way behind the top men with the minimum value of a Cricket Australia contract for the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner for the 2016-17 season Aus$270,000.

Source: Australia’s women cricketers get bumper pay rise – Sport – DAWN.COM