Women’s star aiming to cash in on T20

DUAL international Ellyse Perry hopes women cricketers will soon experience the excitement of playing in an Indian Premier League competition.

Last year Cricket Australia announced increases to player salaries and tour payments, meaning

Australia's top cricketers can now earn up to $80,000 per year.

And that could receive a handy top-up with Australian businessman Shaun Martyn proposing to launch a Women's Twenty20 International Cricket League.

While yet to be sanctioned by the International Cricket Council, players could earn A$42,000 in just 12 days.

Perry, the face of women's cricket in Australia, who has also represented the country in football, said she believed a Premier League competition would be a success because of the healthy state of the women's game.

"Cricket is like a religion over there," she said.

"I'm hopeful a women's Premier League in India won't be too far off."

A small slice of the subcontinent, Pakistan, will be coming to Brisbane and the Gold Coast soon.

Pakistan will play four one-day internationals against Perry's Southern Stars outfit at Redlands Cricket Club from August 21.

It will then play four T20s on the Gold Coast starting on August 30.

"It'll be a really strong and unique challenge for us, because we haven't played them much outside of the World Cup," she said.

"They play a different style to us."


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