Shantha Rangaswamy Credits BCCI Award For Giant Leap For Women’s Cricket
Shantha Rangaswamy, former Indian women’s captain and one of two awardees for CK Naidu Lifetime Achievement Award, has said the nomination for the unprecedented award doesn’t hold much of relevance in her life, but she is happy the recognition is a giant leap for women’s cricket.
Speaking to PTI, the 63-year-old expressed her thoughts on the same.
“At this stage of my life, the award is not much relevant for me. I would say it is small step for me but a giant leap for women’s cricket.”
As compared to men’s cricket, the women’s one hasn’t received much recognition, believes Shantha Rangaswamy.
Shanta, who played during the age of 1970s and 80s, said the team and the players had to go through a lot to even get to the playing ground.
In her knowledge, Shantha, who played alongside Diana Edulji, hardly got to play regularly for the national team back then. She also mentioned her regret of not playing for India at her peak.
“We traveled for days in trains, faced the constant apathy of the administrators but still managed to lay a solid foundation for the future. However, the biggest regret undoubtedly will be not playing for India at my peak. We did not play a single international match between 1977 and 1984 and likewise from 1986 to 1991. So out of a 22-year-old career, we did not get to play for India for close to 12 years.”
Rangaswamy played 12 Tests and 19 ODIs for India. She feels the current crop of cricketers, who have been shed under the central contracts by the BCCI, should get more international outings then what they are getting now, precisely the longer format.
Having to wonder about how women’s cricket in India would rise, she clearly removed the thought of seeing a women’s IPL, saying they don’t need it and rather require a solid base for flourishing.
“This idea was floated four five years ago and it did not go down well with me. Women’s cricket in India doesn’t need IPL, it needs a solid structure at the grass-root level and domestic tournaments played across formats.”
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