The Indian Women’s team was received in grand style today at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International after their highly successful ICC Women’s World Cup campaign where they finished as runners up to hosts England. The final was a dramatic event that saw India plunge to an unlikely 9 runs defeat after being almost just “few good overs” away from creating history. The loss was heartbreaking but it saw a huge surge in the number of admirers for Women’s cricket in India.
The BCCI has been open hearted as usual as has decided to felicitate the 15 members and the support staff for their outstanding work. An IPL-like tournament is also been speculated to be in discussion but it doesn’t look like a possibility in this cricketing calendar.
More Development Required At The Grassroot Level
Mrs Anuja Dalvi Pandit, the physiotherapist of the team, feels that few other factors needs to be addressed for the growth of women’s cricket apart from mulling over IPL-like tournaments.
She feels that the incorporation of professionalism and stability of incomes is more important for women cricketers as they would not be required to juggle for employment.
“In the last few years of my association with women’s cricket, I have seen many girls giving up on their dream to follow the sport due to limited financial resources. There are not many jobs in women’s cricket as compared to men’s. The need of the hour is not IPL but instead local and state level tournaments need to be promoted, which in turn can create more job opportunities for the girls.”
Pandit also asserted the fact that both men’s and women’s cricket are different and should be seen enjoyed according to their merits.
“The team’s performance has motivated hundreds of girls to take up cricket as a sport and follow it professionally. We shouldn’t discriminate between men’s and women’s cricket, both are different and both are enjoyable. At the end, it is the game of cricket that wins,” Pandit concludes.