Veteran Mithali Raj Blames Lack Of Women’s Cricket Coverage For Poor Attendance
Mithali Raj, the Indian women’s team skipper has blamed the lack of coverage of women’s cricket for low turnout during the games. Mithali said this after Indian women defeated South Africa in the quadrangular series.
Raj was disappointed by the fact that there was a low turnout in the stadium and said,
“Back in India, we do have a lot of people coming and watching the matches. It is important that we market the sport. If we are playing a series, or a bilateral series, it is important that it is broadcasted because a lot of people back home are so inquisitive to know the result of the game. They do follow it over the net, but if it is broadcasted, it can make a huge difference for the profile of the game as well as for the players.”
There is hardly any telecast of women’s cricket in India barring ICC tournaments. The T20I series against Australia played in Australia was the last series that was telecasted on television due to the fact that Indian men’s team also faced Australia in T20I series on same days and on the same ground.
Even the Indian fans could not witness Indian women team defeating Pakistan in the final of Asia cup played last year in Bangkok. Along with it, Indian’s could also not witness the moment when pacer Jhulan Goswami recently became the highest wicket-taker in the history of women’s cricket.
BCCI is also to be blamed for this, as women’s cricket seemed to be a neglected game in India. Though the apex board in the country organises domestic competitions as per the standards of men cricket but still, there is neither any coverage nor any news regarding it on BCCI’s website.
BCCI’s women Twitter handle was made just a few time back, which shows that BCCI is not keen to do any good to women’s cricket.
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