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ICC treating women as second-class citizens at T20 World Cup in India
Wednesday 16 March 2016

The ICC has been exposed for double standards in the way it has treated men and women at the World T20 in India.

While all the male players flew to the country business class, the ICC would only send the women's teams in economy seating to their tournament, which is taking place at the same time.

Cricket Australia decided to fork out the extra money to send their women's team first class, but the England and Wales Cricket Board baulked at the $65,000 cost of upgrading their players.

New Zealand Cricket would have had to spend about $130,000 to transport their players in more comfortable surroundings to India and that's a cost they weren't willing to pay as they are expected to post a loss of around $5 million for the year.


The New Zealand Herald reported that New Zealand Cricket raised the disparity with the ICC, who wouldn't agree to women players getting an upgrade.

Australian female players turned left when they boarded the plane for the World T20, New Zealand players went right.

However, the ICC has decided to treat male and female cricketers equally on their travels for future tournaments, although this hasn't been signed off yet.

It isn't always the case that New Zealand men's teams in other sports fly first class.

The New Zealand sevens team fly around the world to play in tournaments in economy seating, which is paid for by World Rugby.

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