Veteran India women’s cricketer — Jhulan Goswami has remarked that the ICC’s decision to postpone the ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 to 2022 as ‘right’. But she wished that the mega event would have not suspended for the next 12 months because of her fitness concerns.
ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 was scheduled in February-March in New Zealand. The apex council decided to postpone the mega event because the teams have not got enough time to practice because of the coronavirus hiatus.
It was expected that the World Cup was going to be the last one for greats like Jhulan and India captain Mithali Raj. However, the unprecedented virus has marred everyone’s plan. So, now India’s premier pacer plans to hope for the best and keep performing.
“We have got a lot of time for preparation, almost 18 months, but on the other hand, it would have been good if it happened next year as I was focussed on that for long,” Jhulan told PTI.
“Now you will need to think beyond that. We have not played any cricket in the past five-six months and players like me (who play only ODIs) played back in November (2019) as all teams played T20s ahead of the World Cup (2020 in Australia in Feb-March. Does she see herself playing the 2022 edition? “To play for India is the biggest honor.
2022 is the goal now: Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami would be 39 by 2022 but she has not left the hope of clinching the World Cup trophy. The towering pacer is ready to take up the challenges series by series and watch her performances. Her goal remains to win their maiden global trophy
“Yes 2022 is the goal now but you have to be part of the process and play matches consistently and perform and then you can think about the World Cup because there is a lot of time left and it is not round the corner anymore.
“At this time, I can only think about the next series and performing in it and start from zero and that is what I am going to do.
Goswami respects ICC’s decision to host the series and hopes that soon a vaccine is developed to end the novel virus.
“we respect the decision taken by the authorities. It would have not been easy to create a bio-bubble for eight teams, hopefully there will be a vaccine soon.”
Jhulan Goswami lashes out on foreign players on questioning BCCI’s decision:
She also slammed the foreign players, including Australian Alyssa Healy, who questioned the timing of the Women’s T20 Challenge as it is clashing with the Big Bash League Down Under.
“The fact that BCCI is going ahead with it is an achievement. It is only this time both events are clashing for the reason beyond our control.
What the foreign players said is not right and ethical “It is BCCI’s decision for the development of Indian cricket and not any other country. If you don’t like the timing it is okay but you cannot question BCCI’s decision,” she added.
Jhulan Goswami has represented India in 182 ODIs, 68 T20Is and 10 Test matches. She has already retired from T20 and Test format. Like Mithali Raj, she only plays in the 50-over format.