Australian women’s internationals reject £ 10,000 extra bid, pull out of The Hundred
Australian women’s internationals who withdrew from The Hundred were each offered £ 10,000 in addition to their playing salaries of £ 15,000, Sport Telegraph can reveal.
In a final attempt to persuade top-tier signings to stay in the competition, the money was offered to players such as Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning and Beth Mooney.
However, following the ECB’s announcement earlier today, all but one of the 11 Australian internationals who initially signed a deal withdrew from the competition. Ellyse Perry remains the only current Australian women’s international to compete in this month’s inaugural competition. It is not known if Perry accepted the additional sum in addition to his salary.
The highest salary for a female player, which an international player would expect to receive, is £ 15,000, compared to £ 100,000 for the best male salary. The lowest salary for women is only £ 3,600; the lowest male salary is £ 24,000.
Sport Telegraph understands that each of the overseas players participating in The Hundred is being offered “overseas disruption fees” in light of the pandemic. However, these fees vary depending on the player’s country of origin.
Nervousness among the Australian contingent first surfaced after the cancellation of the Indian Men’s Premier League in May, following an increase in coronavirus cases in India. Participating Australian players were barred from returning to their home countries and only managed to do so after a ten-day diversion to the Maldives, followed by a two-week quarantine in Australia.
The uncertainty surrounding the rise in delta variant Covid cases in England, and the short delay between the mandatory two-week quarantine period following the end of The Hundred and the start of Australia’s international season, had seen the ECB stuck in talks with Australian player representatives in an effort to persuade the internationals to stay.
Australian Rachael Haynes was the first international to withdraw from competition due to Covid-19 restrictions, as revealed on Standard Evening in May. It is understood that the further exodus of Australian signings has been known to the ECB for over a month, but that they were unwilling to confirm the withdrawals until replacement players were found. With tickets for The Hundred First listed for sale in April, the players performing in the competition will be radically different from those many spectators would have expected to see when they purchased their tickets.
Many Australian international players have been replaced by uncapped domestic Australian players, such as Sammy Jo-Johnson, Laura Kimmince and Georgia Redmayne. The ECB declined to comment.