Two-day fixtures to be introduced this season

Women's domestic cricket in India receives financial boost

Nishi Narayanan

August 22, 2007

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The Indian board has marked out 60 to 70 million rupees ($1.47-1.71 million) for women's cricket this season, almost twice of what had been allotted last year.

"The increase in the money available means women will get to play more days of cricket, approximately thrice the amount they played last year," Shubhangi Kulkarni, the convenor of the BCCI's women's committee, told Cricinfo.

While last season state cricket was restricted to limited-overs matches, this year women's state teams will play one-day as well as two-day fixtures. Apart from that, Under-19 inter-state tournaments as well as zonal tournaments will be organised for women. Like with men's cricket, prize money for women's tournaments will also see an increase.

The women's committee further plans to hold Level I courses in cricket education for women keen on becoming coaches, scorers or umpires.

Though an increase in prize money for international tournaments is planned, it isn't exactly clear yet how much will be handed out.

Nishi Narayanan is an editorial assistant on Cricinfo

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