Women’s cricket remains low on list of BCCI’s priorities

There’s no certainty when Harmanpreet Kaur & Co will get back to the pitch again. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty …Read More

KOLKATA: The BCCI has grabbed with both arms, the September window for IPL, and that is great news. However, that would also beg the question; why did the same body shut the door for the women’s game that was scheduled around the same time?
Six months after the T20 World Cup final in Australia, the last major cricketing event in the world, the girls were looking forward to the September Tri-Series in England, also including South Africa.
However, the BCCI pulled the eves out of the event, perhaps due to safety reason. The same safety issues around which, the BCCI is sure to find a way for the IPL.
“ECB is safely conducting the Test series against West Indies within a bio-secure environment. So safety can’t be a reason for the pull out,” said former national women’s selector Lopamudra Bhattacharya.
“This is the only scheduled tour before the big-ticket event next year. Pulling out has put the India team on the back foot. With this decision the rising graph of women’s cricket has suddenly nosedived,” the former India player said.
BCCI Apex Council member and former India skipper Shantha Rangaswamy pointed out that the decision is glaring, but backed BCCI saying “the circumstances are difficult”.
“Apparently it looks like they are ignoring women’s cricket but BCCI is under tremendous pressure. Men’s IPL is the money churner and that will be a priority,” Rangaswamy opined.
Rangaswamy agreed that missing the England tour will affect the team’s preparation for the World Cup. “I feel guilty. They will need at least six weeks to get back in playing condition. I feel sorry for them. For me women’s cricket is most important but circumstances are such that I cannot pressurise BCCI,” she rued.
Former India skipper and commentator Anjum Chopra too feels that this tour would have been a good opportunity to get the team back in action. “The squad could have gotten together at a venue like Dharamsala or Ahmedabad and started training in isolation. Most international teams are back in training barring India,” Chopra said.

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