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Edulji slams 'discriminatory' BCCI, says women's game dying

Abhishek Purohit

January 29, 2013

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Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami at the Women's World Cup welcome ceremony, Mumbai, January 26, 2013
Diana Edulji: "When I go to movies or restaurants, I am still recognised. But I am sure if Mithali [Raj] is with me, she won't be recognised. It is sad." © ICC/Solaris Images

Diana Edulji, the former India Women captain, has criticised the "discriminatory" attitude of the BCCI and said the board is not interested in running women's cricket beyond paying "lip service". She warned that the women's game in India is in danger of dying out if the current situation persists.

Edulji, one of India's pioneering woman cricketers, was on the BCCI's women's committee and was also manager of the Indian Women team in 2009. It was a "dream" when the BCCI took over women's cricket a few years ago - in line with ICC regulations - but now the bubble has burst.

"The BCCI is running women's cricket because they have to run it, because the ICC is now running both men's and women's cricket," Edulji told ESPNcricinfo. "Otherwise, there is no women's cricket. They cannot play under any other banner. I would say it is an insult to women's cricket to be treated this way."

She was scathing about the gender-based double standards prevalent in the game's administration. As an example, she spoke about how the India Women team preparing for the Women's World Cup had been put up in a centrally-located but budget hotel before being shifted to the luxury Taj Mahal Palace hotel a couple of days ago.

"I was driving and on Marine Drive I saw this whole bunch of red t-shirts coming. I realised it was the India Women team," Edulji said. "They were walking from Sea Green [the hotel] to the Wankhede [Stadium]. I stopped my car, and the way they greeted me, I felt nice, but I also felt that this is the Indian national team, and they are walking on the street?

"And where are they playing? Police Gymkhana, Hindu Gymkhana, Bombay Gymkhana? Would any men cricketers play there?"

India's international and domestic women cricketers had to make do with significantly lower match fees and other benefits, Edulji said, and combined with a sustained lack of exposure, there was little motivation to take up the game apart from pure love of the sport. "The players should be getting the maximum. The irony is, in women's cricket it is the other way round; the selectors get the maximum, then come the match referees, and then come the players. So how are you going get girls to come into cricket? And what is the domestic match fee? Rs 2500 (US$ 47 approx). Where are you going to eat, if you stay in a four-star hotel? And for T20 it is even less, Rs 1250."

Despite consistently being among the top-ranked players in the world, Edulji said India captain Mithali Raj had little chance of being recognised in public due to the lack of visibility of women's cricket in India. "I may be boasting. Still, when I go to movies or restaurants, I am still recognised. But I am sure if Mithali is with me, she won't be recognised. It is sad. I still feel nice when someone comes up to me and introduces me to their children. And why shouldn't these girls get the recognition? Jhulan [Goswami] is a Padma Shri [winner], she's an Arjuna awardee, so is Mithali."

However, Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI's chief administrative officer, said the board was giving women's cricket adequate support. "Women's cricket has come under BCCI's wings in 2006. Since then, the board has done an excellent job with it," he said. "We have extended the best of facilities to women cricketers. All the state associations have thrown open all their training facilities to the girls. Besides, virtually every team has all the requisite support staff, including a coach, a physio and a trainer.

"All the girls are very happy with these facilities. The board is focussing on shorter formats for women's cricket because almost all the international calendar revolves around T20s and ODIs. And the women's committee's suggestion of splitting the inter-state competitions into Plate and Elite group has been accepted. Next year onwards, top 10 teams will play each other, thereby increasing the level of competition."

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Posted by GrahamHarrison on (February 1, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

bluepower, your argument is, in my view, insanely illogical. You assert that women's cricket "is nowhere attractive as men," but women's tennis and football are equally attractive as their male counterparts. You identify a shortcoming of women's cricket as "Sehwag or Dhoni are hitting the ball to the second tier of a stadium [whereas] women struggle to clear the boundary rope shorter than men, [thus] the attractiveness is not there." This is a double standard between tennis and cricket. In women's tennis the inequality is the same. Apart from Serena Williams, when was the last time you saw any woman hit a tennis serve at 200km/h? Yet, among the ATP, almost every man can hit 200km/h serves, numerous times in succession. Now, this is an accepted consequence of physiology, and no-one suggests women's tennis is inferior for it. In fact, you explicity defend the equality of women's tennis despite this fact; yet you apply the same logic to cricket and get a different conclusion.

Posted by Rightie on (January 30, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

Diana Edulji's very valid comments about the state of women's cricket have been mirrored by so many people so many times in the past. But her comments "Still, when I go to movies or restaurants, I am still recognised. But I am sure if Mithali is with me, she won't be recognised…." is nothing but an abysmal attempt to draw attention to herself at the cost of a classy lady like Mithali. She might be recognised in Mumbai, particularly by the much respected Parsi Community (God bless them, they have contributed so much to the country, and yet remained completely unassuming, humble and displayed great character, integrity & honesty… but sadly, Edulji appears to be an exception to this tribute). If you were to take all the major cities into account, I am sure Mithali will be recognised a great deal more compared to Edulji. In my opinion, Edulji, though twice as old as Mithali, has a lesson or two to learn from Mithali about class, humility, and character. Bless you, Mithali, and best wishes

Posted by bluepower on (January 30, 2013, 21:16 GMT)

Continuing to my previous post, if you see women's Badminton, Tennis or TT are equally attractive as the men's sport. The reason being it has same toughness and competition as the men. So thus these games are being watched with huge number. Now even the world women football is same. We have to realise women cricket is nowhere attractive as men.

Posted by bluepower on (January 30, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

Ms. Edulji with due respect to cricket you played, women cricket can never grow as you are expecting. If Sehwag or Dhoni are hitting the ball to the second tier of a stadium and women struggle to clear the boundary rope shorter than men, the attractiveness is not there. If Dale Steyn, Umesh Yadav are bowling at 150 kph and ladies dont even touch 120 kph, it lacks the attractiveness. If women cricketers cant play as atractive cricket as the men does, the crowd wont come. This also applies to other nations as well. And it is pointless to ask BCCI to do charity.

Earlier you were a seperate body with which you had a problem, now even after being attached to BCCI and they are doing whatever best is possible even though your cricket is not attractive, please dont complain any further. Forget about BCCI, please walk up to any sponsor/press who would be more inclined for women's cricket than men. No one. Sorry sounds harsh but thats the way it is and will never change. Accept it or leave it.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 30, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

forget about womens cricket team in india. Their mens cricket team is already dying now.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

I have a very good idea to improve standard and importance of women's cricket in India. 1. Make each IPL team compulsion to have one woman player in the playing eleven! 2. Now in order increase the compitative edge over their male conterparts give them some relaxation by introducing new rules such as, a. Every time when male player bowls above 125 or 130 km/hr give a no ball and a free hit. b. Every time when female player scores run single/double/triple give her one run bonus, give six runs for a boundary and ten runs for a sixer. c. When male player scores a boundary in female player's over give him three runs instead of four, give him four runs for a sixer The participation of female players in high profile tournaments like IPL will automatically increase their income and they will get attention/glamour which is currently missing. Due to compulsion in playing elevan each team has to nurture al least 2-3 female players who will be honing their skills with best males in the game.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

The Women's Cricket Team should be encouraged and decent grade salaries and match fees on the lines suggested by SK5983, that is, Rs. 25 lakhs for Grade A and so on and Rs. 1.5 lakhs match fees and so on, decent lodgings, transport and other facilities on a par with male cricketers should be given. This should not be treated like hand-outs or favors but should be treated as their rightful dues. The Board should remember that its own prestige, apart from the country's, is involved.

Posted by kumardurgam on (January 30, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

Mixed Cricket Tournments (Just like Tennis) Can make the cricket more popular and attractive. With these tournments these women cricketers will be more popular like our men cricketers!!!

Posted by Indiana_jones99 on (January 30, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

May be they women cricketers should band together and form a IPL of theit own. With top women players from abroad joining in. May be upto 4 teamwith matched being played in Bombay Delhi and Hydrabad. Cut down on the travel and related expenses. When I watched IPL I used to suffer from withdrawal symptoms when there was only 1 match in certain days. There must be similar fans out there and why not offer that slot to the women's teams. This way they can gauge interest and promote interest in womens cricket. BCCI could underwrite this in the first year and see what interest develops.

Posted by TATTUs on (January 30, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

One problem is of course the pay. This will bring in more girls which in turn will improve quality. Quality is what spectators look at. If that is lacking, obviously the standards wont be same as that of mens sport, the spectators wont turn up. That in turn affects the broadcast and thus its a cycle. I think the BCCI with all its money can invest at the grass roots for ALL cricket, including mens, and under 16 cricket which is also not that high in standard. Hopefully some coverage this time will ensure a better viewership and thus initiating the BCCi to take up womens cricket seriously.

Posted by Haleos on (January 30, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

@ gandhamvijay - of course you will. Come out of the well and look around. It is not just south of india who play cricket. India is a large country. Some people from north play it as well and are well known too.

Posted by vasuja52 on (January 30, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

The only way to promote Womens cricket or any other game is to get adequate TV coverage. We should encourage ESPN and other sports channels not to shy awy from women's cricket. Also good commentators like Harsh Bogle, Sunny Gavasker, Ravi Shastri etc must give their time for commentary. This will make it more popular

Posted by rappedonthepads on (January 30, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

I was browsing through some of the comments and particularly agree with what KingOwl has to say. Audiences decide the fate of a sport. I'd differ a bit on what needs to be done. All the telecast and the marketing muscle will not change the way the game is played. Sure, the facilities and pay-scales need to catch up, but for the cricket itself to be entertaining, need radical steps. I'd offer a few. 1) Make the pitch length shorter, 18 yards perhaps. 2) Make boundaries shorter- people might tune in to see a faster game 3) Play shorter formats- 35 over a side should do. These are top of the hat thoughts but for Women's cricket to thrive, they shouldn't be asked to compete on the same yard stick as men's. Its not fair.

Posted by srikanths on (January 30, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

Let us face it. Most of this is market driven. I do agree with Eduljee that BCCI should do something more but is also incumbent upon people like her to get to be a part of BCCI and get some changes initiated.

As to National team walking on the roads, let us not forget that the Indian cricket stars ( Men) of 60 s and 70 s and in fact 80 s also to some extent were no better. Their allowances were abysmal and most of them played for just the love of the game and not as professionals.

How many of the women folk themselves go and watch the National women's team.This has come under BCCI very recently. What were Eduljees and palyers of yesteryears doing to remedy the situation till that time

Posted by   on (January 30, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

I can still remember in late 70s Gujarat Women Cricket Association well organize the inter state women cricket tournament in ahmedabad and it was yearly schedule in women cricket in India. Kudus to then local women cricket committee headed by Mr. Shivabhai patel and well supported by Mr. chandubhai & friends.

I can't see this currently. BCCI and their affiliate should come up with a grass root development plan to uplift the Women Cricket all over India

Posted by   on (January 30, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

I think it is not only BCCI... It is a mere replication of the Attitude of ICC... You would know by just seein the classification of the Tours... There is 'International Tournaments' and then 'Womens' World Cup'... Why isn't the Women's world cup a part of the International Tournaments...??? Does International tournaments directly mean only Men's International Cricket tournament??? This itself reflects a major bias against women in cricket... Another example --> You have Cricket and then women's Cricket... doesnt that reflect that Cricket automatically means only men's cricket?? ICC should adopt the way Tennins authorities have adopted... There is "Men's Tennis and Women's Tennis"... and not "Tennis and Women's Tennis"... Hope this message gets conveyed to ICC and they take necessary actions...

Posted by kc69 on (January 30, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

Why only India..I think its dying overall ICC should create saperate boards for better organisation and fair distribution of funds.

Posted by kiwicricketer83 on (January 30, 2013, 1:55 GMT)

Course BCCI is destroying womans cricket - we had every World cup game scheduled to be screened live - for the upcoming Womans World Cup - but now that India has changed venues etc - we've only got 1 live game for the first 4 days of the tournament and of course that match involves India - great way of killing the sport...

Posted by   on (January 30, 2013, 1:39 GMT)

Telecast the games, and get the advertisers behind. Create natural rivalries that will get people excited to watch. This will address all the issues listed by Diana. BCCI should make serious effort to support women's cricket. Finally, Srinivasan must be fired.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2013, 1:19 GMT)

The intensity is missing in women's cricket unlike Tennis and less TV viewers. That could be the reason BCCI is not too keen.

Posted by KingOwl on (January 30, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

In the end, it is the demand for a sport that makes it thrive or die. If women's cricket dies, it is only because there is no demand for the women's game among fans, not because of BCCI or anybody else. It is a simple fact. It is the same in cricket or any other sport or any product of service that competes in the global economy. The only way women's cricket will thrive is if the standards are high. They may never be as high as men's game. But it should be very high to thrive. Otherwise, people will indeed pay lip service - it is no wonder. That is life.

Posted by Rhushi on (January 29, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

I like the suggestions by SK5983 a lot. I also agree that the franchise system will help women's cricket much more. If there are no buyers (which would be quite unfortunate), may be present IPL franchises can persuaded to own both men's and women's teams. Several of the IPL owners have endorsed women's equality on different forums, may be this will give them one more opportunity to put their money where their mouth is. Being a test cricket fan, I may not be the biggest fan of IPL or T20s in general but I can't ignore the enthusiasm and fan following that it has managed to create in India. Women's IPL can be held as lead up to the Men's to build up the excitement for the season. This kind of exposure will do wonders to the popularity of women's cricket in India.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2013, 23:03 GMT)

I don't think both former and current women cricket players will be recognize in the public....

Posted by Andhravala on (January 29, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

As IPL is broadly telecast, it would be better to have Women matches, in between the regular matches and broadcasted the same way as normal IPL matches. Already there are lot of matches scheduled for IPL, but having Women T20 matches will be drive some attention and will attract more Women towards cricket..

Posted by   on (January 29, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

Two things: a) Mithali and Jhulan have definitely got a very decent amount of exposure from media and reasonable support from board. They are two of the best players in women's cricket and have duly got the spotlight. The bigger issue is that outside of these two, and Jain, and Chopra .. rest of the team like Harmanpreet Kaur, Thirush Kamini etc. haven't got their fair share of limelight. Compared to these players I really didn't hear anything about Diana Edulji, sad - but true! I think Mithali would be way more easily recognized in public than Diana. b) The payscale is horribly lopsided against these ladies. These are top athletes, representing the country in international arena, and deserve much better pay packets to get rid of the 'amateurish' air about their game. No money = Not enough motivation + part-time/ day job = lack of professionalism and bonding in the team culture.

Posted by xylo on (January 29, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

In my opinion, Indian Women's cricket was never born to start dying. Also, I had no idea about this person, but know quite a bit about Mithali Raj.

Posted by balajit on (January 29, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

Good article. Sad to see women's cricket in this state. As people representing country they should be given support what is provided to mens team. BCCI needs to take a cue from ECB & CRICKET AUSTRALIA.

Until it is properly televised & provided proper sponsorships it will never flourish. BCCI needs to act fast & run the womens cricket with interest.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

The only way i got to know that a women's world cup is going on is when I opened CRICINFO site,no kidding!!!Now after looking at the comments section I got to know that a T20 Womens world cup also took place and that too in the same country as the mens world cup!!!Good lord!!

Posted by pom_don on (January 29, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Looks like the BCCI want to do what they want & couldn't give a fig about what is good for the game, the only country not to want they don't want women's cricket, it's about time the ICC made them tow the line or kick them out of the game, they are just too big for their boots & full of self importance, disgusting attitude.....but unfortunately expected!

Posted by Harlequin. on (January 29, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

and finally, in case anyone has forgotten the advantages of having a thriving women's game then remember it was women who first introduced overarm bowling because of the massive skirts they used to wear which prevented them from bowling underarm as was the norm.

Posted by Harlequin. on (January 29, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

and to go the other way, @hattima, I am behind your post 0%. mainly for the reasons in my first post. I do find it strange that you claim to have followed women's cricket quite a bit, and then also claim that people do not find women's cricket interesting. I'm sure people are bored of me saying this, but I find women's cricket just as, if not more, interesting as the mens. I see it as a bit of a catch 22 scenario whereby the women's game needs more coverage to get more interest, and more interest to get more coverage.

Posted by Harlequin. on (January 29, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

@inswing - great post, behind you 100% on that one. Cricket boards today seem to think everything should be profitable and if it is not bringing in thousands of £'s, Rs' & $'s then it should be cast by the way side. If I had one message to the BCCI it would be this: stop treating cricket like a business. It isn't a business, it is a sport, it brings joy to millions. yes people should be able to earn a living from it it, but if you have spare money then invest it in the womens game or in the associate nations, not in the expectation of making X% return over 5 years, but because it will grow the game.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

When India organized the last women's world cup back into 1997, Kolkata hosted the final which I got to see at Eden Gardens (for the first time I visited Eden) at the age of 11. I clearly remember that time the matches was hosted by 25 grounds across India and Final was played between the Trans-Tasman Rivals, which Aussie prevailed. Some 12 teams (Identical in number of 1996 Subcontinent World cup) took part in that and many records had been broken (Especially the match where Clerk scored 229). I remember that became headline in Kolkata english news daily too. But alas!!! This time I am seeing nothing a bit of that!!!! Don't even know how many teams are there!!! Neither Media nor Board are doing their respective jobs.

Posted by WeeBee on (January 29, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

Great Article! ... I totally agree with the writer. The way BCCI treats its women cricket, it shows an negative attitude towards the promotion of the game among women. THE GAME is so popular in the region that no gender can avoid it. BCCI makes a lot of money, collects revenues from giant corporations but don't want to spend it on women cricket because they hardly earns anything from them. Anyway I think if this would be the case then Shahrukh Khan will definitely make one movie for women cricket after he has done with the hockey. hehe

Posted by uksar on (January 29, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

@Gandhamvijay, I have the same opinion like you

Posted by Aussiesfalling on (January 29, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

By the way, if I was given the choice of watching either Tendulkar or Mitali Raj bat, it would be Mitali every time - a supreme artist - crazy to think that so many people in India have never even seen her play.

Posted by gandhamvijay on (January 29, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

i dont know who is this diana edulji, but i know mithali raj quite well...

Posted by tickcric on (January 29, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

@ SK5983 I like your suggestions. Franchise based domestic league can work wonders for womens cricket in India. However I think match fee for both women & men should be kept at par. At the end of the day both are representing their country/ state. And this is an important point to consider. An Olympic gold has equal weightage both for the individual & for the country irrespective of the sex. Even Grand Slam prize money in Tennis are same for both men & women. So why this differential treatment in cricket? Similarly & more importantly there should be no discrimination as to facilities & policies. For instance shifting WC games out Wankhede Stadium for Ranji Trophy final is an instance of discriminatory policy [ ]. Cricket will become an even bigger sport if womens game is developed properly.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (January 29, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

BCCI doesn't even care about Test Cricket for men, for which a huge following among all age groups, still exists in India(much to the chagrin of the BCCI). So, what chance Women's cricket? Besides that if they keep telecasting Indian women's international matches where will be the dates to schedule meaningless bilateral ODI series with Sri Lanka or IPL Winter Season (in addition to IPL Summer season)! OK, I am exaggerating a bit but it is not a totally implausible argument.

Posted by hattima on (January 29, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

Being someone who has followed women's cricket quite a bit over the year's, I'd like to remind Ms. Edulji that male cricketers get paid more because they generate revenue, female cricketers do not. Whatever money is spent on them comes from men's cricket, so rather than blaming BCCI, she needs some introspection to find out why people do not find the cricket played by the fairer sex interesting.

Posted by KC1977 on (January 29, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

@maddy20 Diana Edulji, Shubhangi Kulkarni are few very well known names in cricket in India. They were regarded and respected like Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar. If you dont know Diana Edulji, then probably you dont know Kapil Dev also. If you haven't heard her name in last 5 years, that only shows how much BCCI and media care for woman's cricket, not your fault dude.

Posted by bumsonseats on (January 29, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

well with a headline like this. i cannot but say( why ). with all the money that's banded on average overseas cricketers for the ip and the money that the bcci have. the England woman's game seem to just seems to flourish .true the following at games is not great. the the ecb has put large amounts into the ladies which gives those that want to play it full time monies an with sponsorship.they can gain all the skills that a top sports person needs. perhaps if India did not just sit on a load of cash. female matters in india seems to be always on the back burner and not only on cricket

Posted by inswing on (January 29, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

If cash strapped boards don't have the money to support women's game, that is understandable, but BCCI can certainly afford to do so. Women's game is not going to be a money maker, but not everything has to be. When you have these enormous revenues from the men's game, some of it surely should be used to promote women's game. In US university sports, only men's basketball and football are money makers; all other sports lose money for the university. But they use the money from these two sports to supports all the other sports including all women's sports. That's how it should be. With consistent promotion, women's cricket can take hold slowly but surely.

Posted by CricketMaan on (January 29, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

Whether you recognize Diana or Mithali, the point to be noted is that Indian Women's team dont get to play as much as English or Aussie team. There has been a significant improvement in SA, Windies, Pak and SL teams while Indian team has stagnated for a while. We are not winning, we dont have the same approach to women's cricket as its done in Aus or Eng (though i recollect Lisa Sthalekar has issues with CA as well). In the recent past Windies, SA, Pak have played more cricket than Indian Team. For these bunch of hard working women its like club cricket to get assembled once in a while to play together. Do we ever see Mithali in ads, its the Sania's and Saina's. The truth is Women's cricket is palyed in India coz it is manadated by ICC.

Posted by Haleos on (January 29, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

Diana is recognised and Mithali is not? What rubbish. It would help if the women cricketers played more positively and not lie snails. It is boring to watch them play. Run rate of 4 seems to be a dream in Indian womesn cricket.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 29, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

@ maddy20

Exactly my point.

I know Mithali Raj but NOT Diana.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 29, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

I respect women. But TBH, Cricket looks literally boring when I watch women play. No disrespect to them. But we, the Cricket lovers, are habitual of watching Quality Cricket. There's no excitement when Women pacers bowl at most 115-120kmph. It lets me down when a woman fielder can't dive like Aus or NZ fielders. It makes me turn off my T. V. when I see women batsmen finding it so tough to hit boundaries and making runs in just singles.

I repeat, I respect Women and want them to participate in every field be it Politics, MNCs, Sports etc.. But can't help it, I find Cricket simply uninteresting when I see them play.

Posted by vaibhavsharma100 on (January 29, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

@maddy..if yiou have not heard Diana's name then I must say that you have not been following women's cricket very diligently....She is a well known name......

Posted by maddy20 on (January 29, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

Diana is probably kidding here. People are more likely to recognise Mithali Raj than Edulji, whose name I have never heard of before. I have been following Women's cricket for over 5 years now, but I am pretty darn sure I have never heard of this name before.

Posted by KingAjmal on (January 29, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

Nobody is interested in the womens game that's a fact whether we like it or not. Nobody even bothers to turn up to the stadium to watch the matches just take the womens 'world' T20 back in Sri Lanka as an example and was second fiddle to the mens tournament. Most Cricket fans don't even know any of them or seen them :)

Posted by Boooowled on (January 29, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Diana is quite correct, and for the BCCI to claim they are running the women's game excellently is a joke. The BCCI took over in 2006. What a coincidence that that year coincides with the last Test Match the team played. Seven years without a Test Match. Mind you, most other countries aren't much better. The ICC has to do something about this. Women's cricket in Australia is a century old. It should be encouraged. It is the best sport there is to play, whether you're male or female.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

It is because people have less or no interest on women cricket. So less matches, less or no sponsors and not enough money to pay for the players.

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