Cricket and cricketers are worshipped in India but sadly, this only stands true for men’s cricket in the country. The women cricket teams in both India and abroad are still far away from receiving the same treatment as the men’s teams. Taking a step in this direction, the Board of Control for Cricket in India proposed to bring its international cricketers under a contract system, similar to the one operational for men’s cricket.
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said: “On the lines of men’s cricket, a contract system for international women cricketers was proposed. It was also proposed to have more international fixtures for the Indian women’s cricket team,” according to a report by Cricket Country.com.
He added, “The committee recommended adding two more tournaments to give more exposure and opportunities to women cricketers at the domestic level. The committee proposed to start an Under-16 state level tournament within the zones. It also proposed to start an Under-23 tournament,” according to the same report.
The Women’s Cricket Association of India was merged with the Board of Control for Cricket in India in 2006, after they first reached the finals of 2005 World Cup. This move by BCCI may not solve all the management issues with the highly talented and deserving team, but it will surely make matters better in coming years.
According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, India is the only country among the top-eight ranked women’s teams that does not have annual contracts for its women cricketers yet. This was mainly due to a lack of interest in the women’s games but with the Indian female sportspersons performing better than their male counterparts in recent years, their credibility has increased massively, which has led to a more interested and appreciative audience for women’s sports teams.
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