Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA) Women's Global Employment Market Report released:
Alyssa Healy, a member of FICA’s Player Advisory Women’s Committee was asked; How do you assess the game in your country at the moment and what are the biggest issues facing the growth of the Women’s game?
“The game is flourishing at the minute and I think both Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association have recognised the potential and importance of growing the game as a whole," Healy said.
"We play a lot of T20 cricket, and that’s great, but in my mind the best way to produce quality cricketers is to protect and increase the amount of 50 over cricket that is played and playing the longer formats.”
The report widely considered Australia as the global leader in the women’s game.
Some examples from the report which highlight Australia as the global leader include:
- Remuneration levels ensure that the national players are fully professional with no requirement for parallel careers or supplementary income.
- Players have full access to the ACA education and welfare support Programmes.
- Domestically, Australian Women’s cricket is significantly further on in its development than any other nation. The Women’s Big Bash League (T20) and the Women’s National Cricket League (50 over) are well-structured semi-professional leagues, playing a good standard of cricket.
Some key findings for the game globally include;
- International cricket remains the pinnacle for all players, the domestic T20 leagues, specifically those in Australia and England are providing both a new level of competitive cricket and employment opportunities for players.
- There are currently 120 female professionals worldwide and 200 semi-professional contracts worldwide.
- 68% of players worldwide work outside of cricket to supplement their outcome
- 73% of players have or are currently studying outside of cricket