Women's World Cup 2013

India lack BCCI support - Connor

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February 18, 2013

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Mithali Raj plays a cover drive, England Women v India Women, 5th ODI, Wormsley, July 11, 2012
Clare Connor said more of the Indian public need to know about India's female cricketers like Mithali Raj © Getty Images
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Clare Connor, the ICC women's committee chairman and former England Women's captain, has blamed the BCCI for India's poor showing at the Women's World Cup.

India finished in seventh place after failing to qualify for the Super Six stage with just one victory from the group phase. Connor has said the team did not receive the support they deserved from their board.

Connor is now head of women's cricket at the ECB who have made the England Women's team the best-resourced in the world but says standards have slipped in India and the BCCI are at fault.

"Generally India have been strong but other teams, Sri Lanka and West Indies who have accelerated so much in the past four years, are overtaking them," Connor said in an interview. "The Indian players and the support staff will look to the BCCI for more support."

"There is such passion for cricket in this country. It probably asks the question whether the women have had the support they deserve because their standards have slipped. While that is partly the responsibility of the players I don't think they had as much support going into this tournament as they would need. That is a shame because they were the hosts and we wanted to bring the World Cup to India because of the passion for the game. It is a shame they didn't make it further in the tournament.

"If there is more support from the BCCI, then standards will rise. The passion is there for the game, people just need to know more about women's cricket probably, and hopefully that support will grow."

Connor said the world cup was a "huge achievement" for the women's game but it was disappointing that the BCCI didn't put as much weight into the tournament as it has done for men's competitions. The Wankhede Stadium was dropped at a late hour to host the final of the Ranji Trophy.

"For me personally the disappointment is that the BCCI has not pulled its way as much as it could have done for the Indian women's team and to support the profile and exposure of this tournament.

"The market for women's cricket in India is massive. It is why we wanted a successful tournament here. We wanted to engage this cricket-mad nation and we wanted people to support the Indian women's team more. We want to grow the game. We want there to be role models and the aspiration to play towards the highest level. Hopefully on television that message would have got across a little bit.

"India is really important for the women's cricket. It has so much passion for the game that has not necessarily flowed into the women's game. Over time I hope that will happen with more high-quality cricket being played. It has huge finance in terms of backing the game. I hope this tournament has gone towards opening up some minds that were closed towards women's cricket in the past."

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Posted by anupriya91 on (February 21, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

personally i feel like financial incentives will take at least a good 10 years to be properly introduced or even decided upon. but for players who paid for their own travel fair to go play state matches..2500 is at least something. but the number of matches in a season? without adequate match practice, how can we hone talent? matches need to be increased DRASTICALLY. that is hurting us the most. and what possible reason can the bcci have for not increasing the number of matches? we have screamed ourselves hoarse for the return of u-16 and u-22..they reject it every time. why? does it make sense? it doesn't to me. not one bit.

Posted by anupriya91 on (February 21, 2013, 3:58 GMT)

@mr_anonymous: i understand your point completely. and i agree with it to quite and extent. but please take and moment and re-read whatever i have said and understand my point. we are waiting. what else can we do? i firmly do believe that we have to be in the system to change the system. but the impatience (read-panic) is setting in from the fact that before coming under the bcci, we were a good team. we never lost to sri lanka, pakistan, any other team except nz, aus and eng and on our days we could beat them too. we never exited a world cup before the semis. but now we're losing to west indies, sri lanka and we recently lost in the world t20 to pakistan. if matches are decreasing, how can we attract any viewers? test matches are completely done away with. during the last asian games in china, women's cricket was included...it was an easy gold for india...the bcci refused to send a team. and by charity i meant matches too.

Posted by Mr_Anonymous on (February 20, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

> still hoping..waiting..patiently. but after a point we're powerless

I sense a lot of impatience although I don't think you should consider yourself powerless. I'll give you an example of how Aakash Chopra uses his blog to make suggestions and recommendations for improving Indian cricket and has a discussion with other cricket lovers. Maybe some Indian women cricketers need to start doing the same and providing a vision for what they think needs to be done and how we can get there. If there is a vision, then educating the Indian cricket lovers and getting adequate support from the BCCI in small steps is possible. It won't happen by being frustrated, it won't happen overnight and while I hope that it can happen in the next couple or few years, you have to be mentally prepared to face the possibility that it might not even happen during your entire playing career. As long as you enjoy your cricket and are motivated to keep improving and happy playing it, it should be fine.

Posted by Mr_Anonymous on (February 20, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

@AnuPriya91

> how? they dont want us. they never did..bcci was one of the last boards to adopt women's cricket.

First of all let's stay positive. BCCI was probably the last board to embrace T20 also. However, when the Indian viewers embraced the format, BCCI embraced it in a big manner. That has not happened yet for women's cricket. The BCCI cannot force Indian viewers to embrace women's cricket. It has to happen organically for it to be sustainable.

> we're the beggars who should be happy with whatever "charity" we are getting from the bcci.

Getting compensated adequately should be a goal although if financial rewards are the main goal or only goal then I think you can and will get very frustrated. The best batsman in the world (Amla, in Tests and ODIs) probably makes less money than so many other people on the list(s). That has not discouraged him or diluted his run making appetite or his ability to keep improving. Is that fair? Is it Cricket SA's fault?

[Continued...]

Posted by anupriya91 on (February 20, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

@mr_anonymous: dont you think that we're forgetting a very central point in our discussion? the "unique" nature of the problem. you gave nehwal's example and anand's..besides being individual sports were a lot can be achieved through individual commitment and effort, most sports associations of india(if not all) come under the ambit of the government...the republic of india. the bcci is accountable to no one. it certainly believes so. you cannot organise a cricket league in india outside the ambit of the bcci without being pariahs. the bcci rejects the claim that it comes under the ambit of even the RTI. it is a "private" organisation with its own rules. so if the will is lacking and there is no clear mechanism to force a "creation of will"..what do we do? we extend a hand but the other party snubs us. all we can do is sit and wait..for it to acknowledge us. but should that mean we cannot complain about the snub?

Posted by anupriya91 on (February 20, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

also. one particular factor that makes me really depressed about the situation. bcci's monopoly over cricket and the politician-businessman-cricket board nexus. if we get a raw deal by the bcci, who do we go to? the icc? does the icc have any power of the richest cricket board? do we go to the govt? apparently cricket is the sole jurisdiction of the bcci and the govt is run by a few politicians with very high stakes in the business of cricket. it all makes me feel powerless and hopeless. maybe by a miracle we will win a world cup in the near future...but given the current attitude and demeanor of the board, i dont think it guarantees anything. its a matter of WILL. there is no real will from the board to improve things. we beg for things, they throw us a penny or the promise of change and then forget us. change cant be overnight, it shouldn't be. but the sport needs SAVING..not improvement. what if there is no women's cricket in the next 50 yrs to bring about change in?

Posted by anupriya91 on (February 20, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

@mr_anonymous: i dont think i'm expressing myself correctly. the key word here is "cooperate". how? they dont want us. they never did..bcci was one of the last boards to adopt women's cricket...it did so when it absolutely had to. you can take a horse to the water but you cant make him drink. there is a sense of arrogance...we're the beggars who should be happy with whatever "charity" we are getting from the bcci. you really need to hear a few of the top level bcci members talk to really understand what i'm saying. we are still living on hope that maybe someday we will triumph and it will be enough to end this apathy. abhishek purohit's article "a tournament that had to be gotten out of the way" says it all. that's exactly how they approach things. there are glimmers of hope..some positive steps..some demands met..but every time it feels like things might be going in a the right direction, 2 steps are taken back. still hoping..waiting..patiently. but after a point we're powerless.

Posted by Nampally on (February 20, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

@YS-USA: I was going by numbers announced in 2011 where players had identical numbers as you quoted. But I noted that the numbers from 2010 to 2011 tripled. So I extrapolated the numbers on the same scale from 2011 to 2013.Obviously BCCI were less charitable with their increases - Zero!.I am also not sure of the current exchange rate. in 2011 quotes, 1 crore was listed as equal to $220,000.To cut the long story short, You are absolutely right in your numbers. My apologies for wrong numbers. However the fact remains of huge disparity- How many women Cricketers playing for India have a contract apart from the Match fee. Men were paid in addition Rs. 7 lakhs/Test, Rs. 4 lakhs/ODI & Rs. 2 lakhs/T20. Goswami, Raj, Kamini, Kaur are all good players at the international level. Recognition of their talent is called for & should be done sooner than later.

Posted by anupriya91 on (February 20, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

@Mr_Anonymous...i thought so too. that we needed a success story to capture the imagination of the masses and spur on change. but we had that moment in 2009 when we reached the finals. we reached the finals DESPITE the system. what happened? instead of going forward..we're 10 steps back. when the men's team saw an early exit from the world t20, we reached the semis...thought people would notice then. what happened? nothing. my point is that the situation is such that it is becoming increasingly difficult for the national side to perform despite the system. it is always difficult to perform against all odds..the indian team could do that before on sheer talent..but the truth is..now other teams are equally talented if not more..and they have their board's backing..or some attention, hence they're racing ahead. it is not so much a case of the decline of the indian team as it is about the other teams over taking us.

Posted by Aravind.Koushik on (February 20, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

If there was involvement of the BCCI in the Women's World Cup, I would not have seen India in the Seventh Place. Probably they would have won the WC beating Australia in the final. I never saw a person representing the BCCI even in one match during the entire tournament. Not even when India played Pakistan. Not even when the tournament took place when there was no match for Indian men to play.

Rajiv Shukla ji where were you ?

Posted by Mr_Anonymous on (February 20, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

@AnuPriya91

Thank you for insight and first hand knowledge of the challenges in women's cricket. I agree with you that the BCCI could do more to make sure that financially the women cricketers are better compensated. I agree with you that more can be done to promote cricket in schools, and by having leagues and matches for under-15, under-17, under-19 kind of levels for women cricketers as well.

However the women's game needs a success story that will capture the imagination of Indian fans. Just like Viswanathan Anand trailblazed the acceptance and respectability of chess and Saina Nehwal has trailblazed acceptance of women's badminton, someone needs to do the same for women's cricket in India. Once that happens the financial incentives (endorsements, contracts), domestic structure and opportunities will follow. Maybe that someone can be you. Let's hope that it will happen soon and that the BCCI can do its part in establishing and promoting women's cricket leagues (U15, U17, U19).

Posted by YS_USA on (February 20, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

Nampali, where do you get $1 million dollar contract figures and facts. Here is a news item titled: BCCI's central contracts for 2012-13 announced

The Indian board awarded contracts to 37 of India's best players, with nine getting Grade A (Rs 1 crore, around $186,000) , eight in Grade B (Rs 50 lakh, around $93,000) and 20 Grade C contracts (Rs 25 lakh, around $46,500).

Posted by Nampally on (February 19, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

@anupriya91:As one of the Women Cricketers you have done an excellent job on presenting the facts. I wish every women Cricketer participates & contributes her opinions in this forum so as to attract greater attention.That is the only way to educate & inform others of the facts like they are & overcome injustices. Executive like Clare Connor would appreciate it & will bring it out at the ICC meetings.You are right in assuming that BCCI's main role is to promote cricket via funding the coaching,organising matches at all levels of the game both for Men & Women. Equal opportunities demand comparable number of matches for both sexes.The inequity you exposed is shocking to say the least. I had one small comment about Inter-school &Inter-Varsity Cricket. It has been there for at least 50 years for Men. I participated long back where Our university lost to Bombay (with 8 Test players) in the Semi's. I am surprised this does not exist for Women.Best Cricketers are produced at the Universities.

Posted by Nampally on (February 19, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

@anupriya91:Thanks for providing the details about Women's pay scales & matches played. Just to summarize for the overseas Fans: Lump sum of Rs. 100,000 amounts to about $ 2000, ODI Match fee amounts to about $50 & Ranji match fee is about $250. So a total earning of $2300 per season if only one ODI + one Ranji appearance. In any case a total fee of less than $3500/year from Cricket. Indian Men at A grade get a $ 1 million/year contract + Match Fee + spornsorship.Dhoni's earnings thru' endorsements alone amounted to about $30 Million in 2012. So there is the comparison. Equality is not even on the radar but inequality is so grossly evident, especially in a Democratic country like India. Number of matches played reflects even badly & overseas tours totally missing. How can India ecpect their Women to Win the World cup or put up any decent show. I only wish the Indian women Cricketers write more stories of their problems if only to make India aware of its inequity - What Human Rights??

Posted by anupriya91 on (February 19, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

(trying hard not to keep ranting on) lastly, i would like to say..all these arguments about women not interested in the sport or women not being talented enough...women turned up at state trials and represented the country when there was no money in the sport and they still turn up despite questionable treatment and behavior bordering on abusive by representatives of most state boards. does that qualify as "lack of popularity" of the sport in india? about talent, not too long ago we had the no.1 batter and the no.1 bowler among our ranks. indians held the record for the highest individual score and the highest wickets taken in a match. the sport is dying..there is no question about it..and the bcci has played a major part in it. the women's committee is given no power to effect change. and it doesn't look like they will get any in the future. i was praying for the team to not do "too well" lest all the credit is taken by the bcci and the stark reality remains hidden. ugly truth it is.

Posted by anupriya91 on (February 19, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

yes the men won the world cup in 83 without much of the facilities on offer right now but then...how many teams then had access to the commercialization and infrastructure on offer today? yes the team should look to win despite the odds but it is impossible to do so when your board considers you a nuisance it has to tolerate and doesn't even consider what you do proper cricket? most women's teams have thrived after coming under their respective male boards...india first..stood still...and is now regressing while teams like sri lanka and west indies race ahead. unless the issue of matches and match fees is addressed..the future is bleak for women's cricket in india.

Posted by anupriya91 on (February 19, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

we're not screaming for a women's IPL. we're not asking for the same money as the men. give us a proper season at least? the national side hardly plays around 8 matches in a year. at this rate, very soon, we wont have 15 players to field in the side. it is often argued that the men bring in the moolah hence deserve their pay and we dont deserve a share of the profits as we're not contributing to profit making. this is the dominant thinking among the men. fair enough. but why does the bcci dodge taxes on the basis of "promoting cricket"? doesn't women's cricket come under that? "equal pay for equal work" doesn't apply here they say. fine..but TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED PER MATCH? that's a disgrace. the WCAI didn't have the funds to pay for even the team travelling abroad to play matches. but can the BCCI make the same excuse? in summary: what we got under the bcci: less matches. peanuts to call match fees. indifference by a board is one thing. but they're killing the sport.

Posted by anupriya91 on (February 19, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

the match fees for representing india is still shelled out at an "interim" basis, whatever meager amount it is and contracts are a distant..very distant dream. yes, we have access to the wonderful infrastructure the bcci has, yes we have access to the same coaches and physios and trainers as the men but the quality of the national team has seen a steady decline. the bcci recently agreed to conduct senior one days in the ranji format..elite and plate..which means more matches. whether it follows through on that is another story. university cricket where a considerable number of women teams participate lies ignored and forgotten by the bcci. i hear they started a university cricket league for men. bravo. what about us?

Posted by Naikan on (February 19, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Connor, Edulji and others are right in their feeling about lack of support for Women from BCCI in India. BCCI has had a good history I feel, but of late has become blindsided by IPL and T20 and the money these games now attract. While IPL's success has meant good income for a lot of players at the 2nd and lower rungs, it has also dealt a blow to the game itself. The T20 encourages street smart skills and lacks the ability to hone classical cricket skills. Thus ironically, the very avenue that has fetched a never before level of riches for BCCI, is also causing a demise of the game at the grass roots level in terms of failing to motivate development of classical cricket skills. I am sure Lisa Sthalekar (of Indian origin) is a product of both inborn talent and the cricketing establishment in Australia. In the end it is the quality of the system or the cricket establishment that will decide the quality of players developed.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

@Deep_Biswas - That was an extremely sexist comment. While there are plenty of women who fit that description in every country, the fact that you painted all the women of India with that same brush, is extremely unfortunate and betrays your personal opinion of Women, and not just cricket playing women. Sportswomen in this country deserve a lot more attention than they get, and it holds most noticeably for the women cricketers because the BCCI is the richest sporting body in this country. Other sports federations have done equally less, but they have the perrenial excuse of lack of funds, which the BCCI does not.

Posted by sanjaycrickfan on (February 19, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

I dont think you can blame BCCI for the team not doing well. When I saw them play, it was obvious that their fitness levels were not good. Particularly, running between the wickets was poor and fielding was poor. This is the major reason why they gave away too many runs while bowling first and couldnt keep up to the required run rate while chasing.

If Indian team had done well, they would have got lot more viewership and attention but they got knocked out in first round itself. Not good enough.

Posted by SanatAttavar on (February 19, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

Every word of what Clare Connor has said is true. BCCI could've made a difference to the tournament had it decided to flex it's muscles.

Posted by vivek_us on (February 19, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

@Jose Puliampatta - This is like saying no investments should be made into a new company because it has not immediately turned a profit, or you planted the seed but you are not going to give it any water till it starts growing. In both instance you need to nurture it to a point where they can start bearing fruit. In any case, the real tragedy is that the BCCI lacks foresight and professionalism, which unfortunately is to be expected bdecause it is peopled by politicians and they are rarely gifted in either department. There is tremendous potential in the womens game but the various country boards need to coordinate and bring the women viewers into the fold. I for one found the women equally talented as the men and the games thoroughly enjoyable.

Posted by bonaku on (February 19, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

I can see the accusations all the time (during this world cup), but no one come with solid proof to substantiate their clams. For me or any individual (with any commonsense) it is hard to accept a clam if there is no proof. I think it is unfair to expect the same treatment as men's team. If the men's team is where it is now, it if because of many years of effort from both at board level and players (both international and national level). 1983 world cup team didn't have all the facilities we have now, yet they succeeded in the cold and windy England. It is important to expect what you deserve and not what others are getting.

Posted by Noushadalitk on (February 19, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

I am sure that the Indian team learn a good lesson from this world cup. because the match held in our soil and the team cannot reach in super six. I think we don't need to blame the team members. BCCI should need to support as BCCI support men cricket. There is no different between men and woman cricket both are playing for country. Then why they don't need to support women cricket. only thing they will not get back 10 times money they spend.At least spend some money to improve there cricket and health and wealth.

Indian spinners please see how Lisa Sthalekar-Indian born Australian Player.

Posted by Engfasttrackwimp on (February 19, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

I know its fashionable to blame everything on BCCI, but its becoming boring now. Learn to take some responsibility of your own.

Posted by Deep_Biswas on (February 19, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

Women in India always want to be glamorous. They want to look good, live good and want to be seen as fashionable character. They would anyday prefer a glamour sport (read tennis) than an effort sport (read hockey, cricket). They are more conscious about being in the sun, as they might get a tone or two darker. If you go and ask a girl child, what they want to be when they grow up, its a cent percent chance that they will name a few divas from Bollywood rather than Sachin Tendulkar (let alone Mithali). Again, people will not follow a particular sport to support, You can't make people go and watch a game. In sport the team has to get some initial success at the international level to make people turn around and watch and appreciate. Cricket fanfollowing in India revolutionized after 1983. In Olympics India fared so well in Hockey for some years that it is almost the National sport. (Hockey still isn't the national sport, India doesn't have any National sport).

Posted by denwarlo70 on (February 19, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

@Mr_Annonymous, I think the Indian Women's Captain has taken a leaf out of the book of the Men's Captain MSD in blaming, we all know MSD always blame someone or something for a poor show.

Posted by Edassery on (February 19, 2013, 2:37 GMT)

Well said, it's pretty clear that BCCI won't invest a single penny in those events that doesn't get them back their money 10 fold.

Posted by vswami on (February 19, 2013, 1:49 GMT)

A typical article that first wants to blast BCCI but there is not a single supporting statement to back it up. In what areas were the womens team lacking BCCI support? I have not become an iota wiser after reading the criticisms.

Posted by Meety on (February 19, 2013, 0:00 GMT)

@Rahulbose on (February 18, 2013, 19:30 GMT) - the problem with women not playing the game is thru LITTLE opportunity to play. There is very little encouragement to play at School level. @ Mr_Anonymous on (February 18, 2013, 20:30 GMT) - whilst that is true to a certain extent, Oz, Eng & NZ players have far more support from their respective boards - players get access to professional training facilities. This does not happen with Indian women. It is like they start a 100 metre race with a 10 metre handicap. A little bit of encouragement in SL has turned a weak side into a force, & the same has happenned in WI. Minimal support in India has been a factor in their decline & a 7th place finish should be the catalyst for a big REVIEW of women's cricket. However since the BCCI don't even review 8 straight losses abroad at Test level - I won't be holding my breathe. Be surprised if this comment gets posted too!

Posted by Nutcutlet on (February 18, 2013, 23:44 GMT)

@Rahulbose: so that's the case then? Women in India aren't interested in playing cricket. So men aren't interested in cooking, say? You know well that some men are, so why do you come up with sweeping generalisations? You put no case, although you do attempt to cover the BCCI's back. That's v patriotic of you. Why is cricket not offered to girls in school? In any country outside the sub-continent this would be regarded as scandalous, almost as much as saying girls shouldn't do science or engineering. It is a line drawn in the sand by men - not just the BCCI, but also by politicians (mainly men) & the vast maj of male pop. of India. Women are not given the opportunity, therefore you conclude that they aren't interested, but I vow to you a significant minority are interested but receive no encouragement. I would respectfully ask you to find out about the 'Chance to Shine' project, charity-funded with commercial & ECB backing to understand why multicultural UK is so different to India.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

Making a scapegoat of the BCCI for every issue plaguing Indian cricket has become a common practice. Its not the lack of support from the BCCI that restricts the growth of women's cricket, its the lack of interest on the part of Indian girls. While Indian girls follow sports such as lawn tennis and games like badminton and table tennis avidly, there is hardly any interest for cricket. As simple as that.

Posted by Mr_Anonymous on (February 18, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

"For me personally the disappointment is that the BCCI has not pulled its way as much as it could have done for the Indian women's team". I understand the sentiment although I don't think its very fair to say that. I think first and foremost the players have to take responsibility for a poor showing including our captain. She blamed other players for poor performance when her own performance in the match was sub-standard. We need to provide people management training to Mithali to help her improve her people skills and team morale. The other item that needs to be understood is that when Indian women players talk of inequality in pay structures and opportunities they have to understand that their (non) performance is a factor (look at Saina Nehwal's popularity for example).

I think that the BCCI will learn some lessons and try and expand the game to other age levels and schools to improve the talent and supply of good women cricketers that can go on to represent India.

Posted by shillingsworth on (February 18, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

@Rahulbose - Those points apply to women's cricket in all countries and are not unique to India. Rather than hoping that public interest and participation levels will grow of their own accord, some cricket boards have taken the lead and invested in women's cricket, even when it is clear that there will be little payback in the short term. The BCCI has the most resources of all, yet the Indian team has been underperformed. Either they have not invested enough or the investment has been ill directed. Either way, the BCCI must shoulder at least some of the blame.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

Of course the BCCI don't care. It's not like the women are going to be filling the BCCI coffers any time soon.

Posted by Rahulbose on (February 18, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

BCCI support is not the major issue. The problem for women's cricket is that women in India do not follow the game. School girls do not play the game, do not watch women's game. India is cricket crazy, but most of the fans are male and the women when they do follow the game are also watching the men's game. All this can hardly be blamed on BCCI.

Posted by Nampally on (February 18, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

Thanks for speaking "like it is", Clare Connor. Only Diana Eduljee spoke up for the Women's Cricket team & listed a host of problems & lack of BCCI support. Firstly, BCCI give Men Cricketers 3 levels of salaries- grade A,B,C ranging from $1 Million to $1/4 Million/year + generaous Match Fees+ sponsorships. Guys like Dhoni & Tendulkar make over $30 Million in endorsements alone. Women Cricketers get a small match fee of $50/day+ hotel accomodation. No monthly or annual salary. So the Women have to spend time on Cricket field at the expense of their regular jobs, if they have one. Most women Cricketers are poor & cannot afford to do so. My suggestion is to put Women on contracts of annual salaries just like for Men & provide Training + coaching facilities in Cricket Academies just like for Men. Promote cricket at schools & run regular U-19 interstate matches for women. Indian women should play at least 15 matches/year with other countries. This gross discrimination is anti-democratic !

Posted by shripadk on (February 18, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

This is one area where I am totally baffled by BCCI approach since last world cup. I am one of the people who actually support BCCI in other areas like DRS and other regulatory issues that have surfaced in recent past. But BCCI really needs to do better job at managing woman's cricket. I think it is about time they open up IPL to women cricketers as well. We may not have good hitters in woman's game in India, but we clearly have few talented bowlers and spinners. And BCCI please throw little chump change at Women's cricket. You earn plenty already, even 1% of that money at woman's game will be game changer.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

Select women should be drafted into men's sides, as is being done in England and elsewhere. This will enhance the standard of women's cricket in India. Talent like Mithali Raj, Harman Kaur etc needs to be encouraged

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

Thanks for raising the issue Clare Connor. First BCCI should give contract to at least 14 players. They women in India will have the authority to play freely and execute their skills in the international level. Hope Mr.Srinivasan supports Women's team to grow in the near future.

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