welcome plans

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Sep 2017 11:33:59

INDIAN women’s cricket team seems to have done lot of good to the cause of women’s cricket in the country by reaching the finals of the World Cup last month though losing it in anti-climactic manner.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India, (BCCI) is learnt to be in the process of working out a pay hike for not only members of the national team but also to domestic players as well. Not only that, on the lines of men’s cricket, the BCCI is also finalising introduction of India A series. Not surprisingly, top women cricketers Punam Raut and Harmanpreet Kaur have welcomed these initiatives by the Indian cricket board for promotion of women’s cricket in the country. 

There is no denying that the entry in the final of World Cup of the Indian women’s cricket team has kindled a lot of interest in women’s cricket in the country.

This should auger well for promotion of women’s cricket in the country. The Indian women who were well on course to win the final in the World Cup, inexplicably crumbled under pressure. While the English women did not give up till the last moment, the Indian women lost their nerve due to inexperience and unfortunately lost the game from a winning position.

Millions of Indian TV viewers back home rued this loss and empathised with the women cricketers because they did not deserve to lose that match. But this loss perhaps may have ignited interest in women’s cricket which could auger well for the promotion of the game among women.

Harmanpreet Kaur lamented that there were not many matches at domestic level and hence were unable to do much serious practice and preparations for international fixtures. Besides it also impinged upon spotting talent for the national team. This was especially so when there was no parent body at apex level to take care of women’s cricket in the past. But things have begun to change for the better ever since the International Cricket Council (ICC) and cricket boards of various countries decided to take women’s cricket under their wings.

For the cash-rich BCCI it should not be a problem for launching a full blown training programme for women cricketers at various levels and introduce something like the Ranji format for giving exposure to aspiring women cricketers and provide them a platform to hone their skills. There is no dearth of infrastructure with the state cricket associations and also the BCCI has the manpower for training and facilities like National Cricket Academies at various places.

The national team has shown that they have the talent to scale new heights in international cricket. What they lack is a proper support system and BCCI has all the wherewithal to support the cause of women’s cricket.