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    NEW DELHI, Oct 27 (Reuters) – India’s men and women cricket teams will be paid the same appearance fees to represent their country, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah said on Thursday.<br> The agreement will see women’s players at international level receive the same match fees as men across all formats – 1,500,000 rupees ($18,225) for tests, 600,000 rupees for one-day internationals and 300,000 for Twenty20 internationals.<br> “We are implementing pay equity policy for our contracted BCCI women cricketers,” Shaw wrote in a post on Twitter.<br> “The match fee for both men and women cricketers will be same as we move into a new era of gender equality in Indian cricket.”<br> Indian women’s cricketers currently earn 400,000 Indian rupees for test appearances and 100,000 for T20s and ODIs, and also play less cricket than their male counterparts.<br> Shah did not say whether there would be changes to the contract system for women.<br> Under their current annual contracts, women cricketers in the highest bracket earn 5 million rupees, while Grade B players take home 3 million and Grade C, 1 million.<br> Men in the Grade A+ bracket are paid 70 million, with those in Grades A, B and C taking home 50 million, 30 million and 10 million respectively, meaning the lowest graded male cricketers still earn twice as much as top-tier women cricketers.<br> India’s women’s team is ranked fourth in both the ODI and T20I rankings and beat Sri Lanka in the final of the Asia Cup this month to claim a seventh title.<br> Former India women team captain Mithali Raj hailed the announcement on Twitter as “historic”.<br> “The pay equity policy along with the (Women’s Indian Premier League) next year, we are ushering a new era for women’s cricket in India,” Raj wrote.<br> In July, New Zealand Cricket and the country’s players’ association signed a five-year deal that will see male and female cricketers receive equal pay.<br> In 2017, Cricket Australia gave contracted women the same base hourly pay rate as men in a five-year collective bargaining agreement.<br> Earlier this year, the BCCI said a fully fledged women’s IPL could begin as early as next year.

    (Reporting by Tanvi Mehta and Aadi Nair; editing by John Stonestreet, Alex Richardson and Nick Macfie)<br>

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