In a major shot in the arm for women’s sport in general, the International Cricket Council has decided to increase the prize money of the Women’s World Cup by 10 times. The new prize money for the prestigious tournament will be USD two million. It is a major boost for women’s cricket considering that it has always played a distant second fiddle to men’s cricket. Also Read - Live Cricket Score Ind vs Aus 4th Test Day 4 Today's Match Live Updates Gabba, Brisbane: Australia Eye Quick Runs, India Aim Early Wickets

It may also be looked as a move to make women’s cricket close to being professional where players can hopefully rely on the sport alone for their income one day which has not been the case all these years. Also Read - Brisbane Weather Forecast For 4th Test Day 4: Rain Play Spoilsport During India-Australia at Gabba, Start Time

Reflecting on the same, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said, “The ICC Women’s World Cup is the pinnacle of the women’s game and as such the players should be rewarded appropriately. Two million dollars is the first step towards greater parity and recognition. The prize fund for the 2013 edition was just USD 200,000, and this announcement shows a greater level of commitment than ever before.” Also check-IPL 2017: The good, the bad and the sensational! Here is a complete lowdown of the tournament thus far Also Read - Highlights IND vs AUS 4th Test Day 3 Gabba, Brisbane Today's Match AS IT HAPPENED: Washington Sundar-Shardul Thakur Lead India Comeback; Australia Lead by 54 Runs

“We think the Women’s World Cup this summer will be a turning point in the history of the game. There is growing interest globally in women’s sports and we want cricket to be front and centre of this and lead by example,” he added. (with wires inputs)