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Former Pakistan head coach and fast bowler Waqar Younis found himself in thick soup passing suggestion regarding the Women’s Cricket World Cup. The Pakistan cricketing legend felt that the Women World Cup should be reduced to 30-over from its current 50-over format in order to generate more interest and popularise the format.
But, despite using #suggestion with his tweet, which indicated it was just a thought which could be discussed and modified, Waqar had to face some heat for making those comment.
@ICC What abt having 30 overs Cricket World Cup 4 Women???Like Tennis 3 sets rather then 5 #Suggestion I feel 50 overs r few 2many #WWCUP17
— Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) June 29, 2017
A debate soon kicked and harsh words like ‘sexist’ and ‘discriminatory’ were used to describe the cricketer’s thinking. His intentions were clearly expressed but as usual he forgot that social media overreacted.
He had to come out will another tweet which clarified his stance. He tweeted that lesser overs means more competitive cricket, more audience and faster pace of the game. He also went to state that he had no negativity for or discrimination against women cricket.
Lesser overs mean faster pace,, more audience, competitive Cricket,,no discrimination or prejudice toward Women #AlwaysRespectWomen #WWCUP17
— Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) June 30, 2017
The Women’s World Cup began from June 24th last month and has reached half way through the league stages. Thus far. there has been no shortage of entertainment and the ladies have also broken a few records. They also successfully gained a lot of attention which is amplifyying their contribution to making cricket a bigger global sports in the future.
The ICC and the other big cricket boards have actively worked in making the women’s cricket more popular. The result has been tremoundous as the appeal of the game is increasing. The ladies are fit and stronger. The batswomen play with a lot more aggresion and the bowlers are working hard to add extra pace to their bowling. All these factors has made women’s cricket very fascinating.