Women's cricket

APRIL 13, 2014

The unseen cricket of our modern times

Raf Nicholson: The Women's World T20 was scheduled to run alongside the men's seemingly to make it more visible. But it wasn't
South Africa celebrate their first win over New Zealand © ICC
APRIL 08, 2014

Australian cricket

Chasing the men down

Women's cricket has been gaining acclaim in recent times and Australia's efficient defence of their World T20 title was another advertisement of their catching up with the men's game. It was set up by an attractive brand of play that has diverted attention squarely on their skills on the field and Greg Baum, in the Age, believes this is only the beginning.

Australia's women cricketers are under the same umbrella as the men, are paid more handsomely than ever before and in recent seasons have played some of their short-form internationals on the same grounds and days as the men. This was the case in Bangladesh, and in the previous women's World T20 in Sri Lanka. Presently, this coupling gives the women's matches the status and appearance of curtain-raisers. In time, they might be seen as authentic double-headers.

APRIL 05, 2014

Afghanistan cricket

More than a sport in Afghanistan

Claire Stewart, in the Sydney Morning Herald, details her journey exploring what cricket meant in Afghanistan. She learns the passion it brings forth, with the President said to have called the Afghanistan team the new national army. Support for the women's game, though, is less forthcoming under present conditions and wandering to the stadium without company is unsafe for the same reason. Still with Mohammad Nabi's men, beating a Test nation in their first Asia Cup and qualifying for the World Cup in 2015, cricket is seen as more than an a mere sport.

The only external cricket representative not to let security concerns keep him from visiting the ACB in Kabul during the past 12 years is former Pakistani player, and now ACC representative, Iqbal Sikander. He sits in Murad's office discussing the economic viability of different equipment providers while recounting tales of his time in Australia as part of Pakistan's victory in the 1992 World Cup. "Our only objective is that we want cricket bats in the hands of the youngsters instead of guns," says Sikander. "We want them to stay away from drugs and trouble."

MARCH 12, 2014

A new era for England's women cricketers

Raf Nicholson: Plans for the first-ever fully professional contracts for England women mark the end of a decades-long struggle
MARCH 10, 2014

'More job opportunities in cricket will increase women's participation'

Interview by Subash Jayaraman: Indian bowler Snehal Pradhan talks about being banned for an illegal action and later cleared, the vision players need to become world-beaters, and her writing aspirations
FEBRUARY 10, 2014

Double headers are the future, but they stink

Raf Nicholson: Playing women's matches before men's is good in principle, but they end up reducing the women's game to a sideshow
JANUARY 07, 2014

What have the men got to do with it?

Raf Nicholson: Female cricketers are often asked to place their performances in context with those of their male counterparts. Is that even fair?
DECEMBER 08, 2013

What if Sachin had been a girl?

Raf Nicholson: Young and highly talented female cricketers are forced to quit the game before they reach the height of their powers. Is that at all fair?
NOVEMBER 06, 2013

Ignorance is the worst crime in commentary

Raf Nicholson: And you get plenty of it in women's cricket these days. Why must we listen to those who have little knowledge of the players and care less?
OCTOBER 29, 2013

Japanese cricket

Youtube, Shizuka Miyaji's first coach

Japan's Shizuka Miyaji is currently training with the New South Wales Women's team, sharpening her chinaman skills under the watchful eye of captain Alex Blackwell. Her six-month stint in Sydney is a considerable step up, after some of the other means Miyaji had to use to learn the game, writes Carly Adno in Australia's Telegraph.

"These kids learn how to play cricket from watching on Youtube. They'll be watching Shane Warne bowl his leg breaks and then you see them go out and try to do the same," Blackwell said. Miyaji is training with NSW and playing first-grade cricket with Universities and Blackwell is confident she will make enormous strides during her time in Australia. "So that's really how the kids in Japan become familiar with cricket because it isn't on live TV anywhere."

OCTOBER 13, 2013

A question of confidence

Raf Nicholson: If we want more females to participate in cricket we must rid ourselves of the perception that it's a man's game
OCTOBER 03, 2013

Ladies and gentlemen

Nicholas Hogg: Would playing more mixed-sex cricket be an advancement of the sport?
SEPTEMBER 07, 2013

The new women's Ashes format? Genius

Raf Nicholson: Seeing how this summer's contests between England and Australia have captivated the public's attention, it looks like a points-based system is the way to go
SEPTEMBER 02, 2013

Women's cricket

Tracking Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards described reclaiming the women's Ashes as the "proudest moment" of her career. Speaking to Oliver Brown of the Telegraph, she was pleased with the spike in interest for women's cricket, with all seven matches of the series well-attended and reminisced about her earliest memories of cricket, including the moment that paved way for her 17-year career.

"I watched my father play every week, and I know I wouldn't have achieved what I have otherwise," she explains. "We're very lucky now, though, that girls don't have to rely on their background to get into cricket. The opportunities, whether in terms of one-or-one coaching or the ability to compete in all-girl cricket in schools, are so much greater." A family visit to England's victory over India during the 1993 World Cup would decree her fate. "We all ran on to the pitch afterwards," she remembers. "I knew in that moment that I wanted to play cricket for a living."

AUGUST 14, 2013

The Ashes that's not on your TV sets

Andrew Hughes: Ah for women's cricket, where the TV coverage is dreadful but the action enthralling
AUGUST 09, 2013

Women's cricket

Women's cricket on the up

England captain Charlotte Edwards remembers when she played Test cricket in a skirt. Her compatriot Laura Marsh learnt her trade in a team full of boys. Now, women's cricket has come into its own on the global stage with greater crowds and higher television coverage promoting Edwards' prediction that in the next 10-15 years, the women's game could attract as many people as the men's version. And just as importantly spur young girls to look at cricket as a career writes Jenny Cornish in the Telegraph.

Zoey Cape, 15, from Somerset, is one of the new generation of female players coming through. A Chance to Shine coach spotted her natural talent on a visit to her school, and she was invited to join Minehead Cricket Club. The teenager had only ever played cricket in her back garden, messing about with her brothers, so it was a big step for her to go to a cricket club. And in July last year, Cape made her debut for Somerset's senior women's side.

Pete Smith in his blog for the Guardian offers an insight into Ellyse Perry, social sciences student, opening bowler and professional footballer for Australia.

The 22-year-old not only plays two sports at the elite level, she does it alarmingly well and has the Botham-esque knack of creating something from not much. She debuted for Australia's senior national football team as a 16-year-old and scored a goal after just 90 seconds. In recent years Perry has found her football niche as an overlapping full-back and regularly sets up goals via her dead-ball acumen, invariably delivered with the same pinpoint accuracy as her 120kph bowling.

AUGUST 01, 2013

Bored of watching Australia's men lose? Go watch the women

Raf Nicholson: Women's cricket wins converts to its cause when their series are more competitive and closely fought than the men's
JULY 03, 2013

A chance for Pakistan's women to grow in stature

Raf Nicholson: Participating in qualifying tournaments is not necessarily enough for developing women's sides
MAY 31, 2013

What price amateurism?

Raf Nicholson: Playing for the love of the game is admirable but for those at the top of their sport, should it really still be necessary?
MAY 01, 2013

Give girls role models of their own

Raf Nicholson: Women cricketers still grow up idolising male players, like they did back in the 1940s. It's time that changed