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Mithali Raj wants more Tests, central contracts


June 5, 2014

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Mithali Raj top-scored for Rest of the World with 67, MCC v Rest of the World, Lord's, May 19, 2014
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India Women captain Mithali Raj has urged the BCCI to organise more Test matches for the national women's team, which is set to play its first five-day match in eight years when it tours England in August.

The Test match in England will be India's first since August 2006, when they had also played England on tour. From 1976 to date, the team has played 35 Tests. Raj, 31, has played 148 ODIs since making her debut in 1999 but has featured in only eight Tests.

"We are touring England in August and we are playing one Test," Raj said in Hyderabad. "Though I have scored 214 in a Test match, I am playing a Test after eight long years. It is sad that there are so few Test matches in women's cricket and I hope the boards come together and organise more Test matches for women."

She said that the takeover of Indian women's cricket by the BCCI had proven to be beneficial, but there were things that could still be improved. "I would say it's good but there is a flip side to it also. Domestic cricket is organised well and we get access to facilities like the National Cricket Academy. There are also monetary benefits like you get paid, but the flip side is that the domestic cricket [season] is very short. I believe that you need to play more domestic matches to produce more players."

She also asked BCCI to follow the example of the other boards and offer centralised contracts to the India Women players. "As far as I know, we are the only team which does not have a central contract with the national board. I don't know what is holding it up, but it would be good if it happens because it would give security to players who do not have a secure job."

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Posted by coolrolly on (June 7, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

Indian women needs appreciation for their performance.

Posted by vipinchirackal on (June 6, 2014, 6:43 GMT)

indian women cricket team is already in the pit fall.let them forst prove they play sincerely.why should we spent crores on them also for loosing the match

Posted by fibonacci_72 on (June 6, 2014, 2:13 GMT)

Indian women's cricket needs to find corporate sponsors - there are global companies led by women such as Ms. Indra Nooyi, who could take a lead in this cause. They need to separate from BCCI and promote attendance, esp. of women who also need role models to bring out their latent athletic talents. Good luck to Mithali and her teammates in England!

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (June 5, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

Considering even men's Test matches are played in largely empty stadiums these days, it'll probably be far worse for women's Test matches - which probably explains why Mithali hasn't played many Tests at all. Maybe the solution is to give free admission to local school girls to all women's matches to not only engender an atmosphere but to also encourage young girls to take a greater interest in the game.

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