Shallow Highlights ‘Significant Strides’ in Advancing Women’s Game

Cricket West Indies president Dr Kishore Shallow.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):

CRICKET WEST Indies president Dr Kishore Shallow has hailed the “significant strides” made over the last year in raising the profile of the women’s game and says the regional governing body remains committed to ensuring pay parity within the next three years.

In a message to mark International Women’s Day on Friday, Shallow pointed to the changes in travel for overseas tours, single-room accommodation, and the launch of a Women’s Cricket Academy in Antigua, as measures implemented to bring the women’s game on par with their male counterparts.

“On this International Women’s Day, Cricket West Indies proudly celebrates the remarkable progress we’ve achieved in championing gender equality and empowerment within our cricketing community,” Shallow said.

“Since assuming office, we have embarked on a transformative journey of inclusivity, recognising and valuing the exceptional contributions of our female athletes.

“In the past year, we have taken significant strides to ensure gender parity within our ranks. Notably, we announced that members of the West Indies Women’s Squads would travel business class for all long-haul international flights, and enjoy single-room accommodations for international assignments, aligning with the policies for the men’s teams.

“This progressive step has led to a substantial increase in the women’s budget, surpassing US$500,000.”

He continued: “Furthermore, we launched the inaugural Women’s Cricket Academy in Antigua, a pivotal initiative aimed at nurturing and cultivating the immense talent of our region’s female cricketers.

“This investment underscores our unwavering commitment to fostering growth and excellence in women’s cricket, inspiring generations to come.”

Shallow also highlighted the launch of the Women’s A-team programme last year and the increased prize money for the ongoing domestic championships in St Kitts.

The Super50 Cup winners will receive US$20,000 while the T20 Blaze champions will collect US$10,000, Shallow referring to both as “significant prize monies”.

Shallow also praised the exploits of women’s captain Hayley Matthew, contending that her accomplishments helped “epitomise the unparalleled talent and potential within our women’s cricket”.

On the issue of pay, Shallow said: “Cricket West Indies remains steadfast in its mission to achieve pay parity by 2027, as outlined in the recently signed memorandum of understanding.

“We are resolute in our commitment to empowering women in cricket and fostering a more equitable and inclusive sporting environment.”

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