Description: We did not even imagine that after this match team India will not be able to play any match in this year at all. This was the IND v/s AUS final and…
Body: 8 March 2020, Melbourne ground, The Indian Women’s Team was on the ground to play the T20 World Cup final among 86,174 spectators. Australia was in front. Our team lost in the final. After this defeat,
‘It is expected that Captain Harmanpreet and coach WV Raman will sit together. Will discuss this defeat. Things will improve and soon our team will return to victory.’
We did not even imagine that after this match team India will not be able to play any match in this year at all. This year, in February-March, the team which has come very close to winning the world cup is waiting for their next match since that match. The latest update is that the Australia tour of the Indian women’s team has been pushed forward indefinitely.
This series of three ODIs was to be held in January 2021. The matches were to be held on 22, 25, 28 January in Canberra, Melbourne and Hobart. But now Cricket Australia has said that it has been shifted to ‘next season’. It is being said that now these matches will not be held before 2022. Now three T20 matches can also be added to this tour.
Cricket Australia’s interim CEO Nick Hockley said,
‘We look forward to delivering an enhanced schedule between Australia and the Indian women’s cricket team next season. This will be a great result for the fans of both the countries. We expected to play against India this summer, but due to the pandemic, it became necessary to shift this tour to the next season.’
It is worth noting that amid this pandemic, Australia organized both Women’s Big Bash League, Big Bash League. Along with this, they are also hosting the Indian men’s cricket team. The series of three ODIs and three T20 matches are over. Two Tests of the four-match Test series have also been played. But soon after the turn of the women’s team, the pandemic came in the middle.
Things are like this
Here the BCCI has got an excuse. They had already refrained unannounced from organizing women’s cricket Indian men’s domestic season starts from January 2021 between Corona. Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament will be played in January.
There is no update on the women’s domestic season. Sourav Ganguly-led BCCI is running away from this issue. In August-September, England had proposed to host the Indian women’s team. But the BCCI refused. The England Cricket Board was also ready to make arrangements for the movement of the Indian team. But BCCI did not listen.,
According to the Hindustan Times, the women’s team does not even have a physio, fielding coach or team manager. Also, head coach WV Raman’s contract ended this month. Saba Karim, general manager of BCCI and in-charge of Women’s cricket, has resigned. The BCCI has kept silence on all these problems.
Amidst all this, the BCCI also broke the hopes of playing in the Women’s Big Bash League of veterans like Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma. He organized the Women’s Challenge among WBBL. For this 3-match exhibition, Indian women cricketers had to withdraw from the WBBL lasting several weeks. Due to the uncertainty surrounding cricket, many women cricketers are forced to leave it in the middle.
Future in the dark
23-year-old bowler Gayatri Naik of Baroda took a break from cricket and preferred photography and then a private job. Karnataka all-rounder Akanksha Kohli had the idea of retiring several times. She told Cricbuzz about this,
‘Others do not know, but if I say that I do not think of retiring in my mind given the uncertainty over cricket, then I will be lying. Getting up every day, going to training without any goals is mind-boggling. The condition of the women’s cricket team Is quite tiring. This is a never-ending wait.’
Women’s cricketers are now expecting from February-March 2021. If the team from South Africa or Sri Lanka agreed to play with us. So maybe our women’s team can be seen in action. But this too is far away. The next confirmed tournament of the Indian women’s team is the 2022 World Cup. That means there will be nothing to do with the team in 2021. Except for next year, no top cricket team around the world was treated this way even during this pandemic.
Outside India, almost all women teams are playing cricket. The New Zealand team has played six limited-overs games in Australia. The West Indies played five matches in England. Pakistan’s team is going to South Africa next month. A five-week-long Women’s Big Bash League was also held in Australia.
After Sourav Ganguly became the President, the expectations of the people from the BCCI had suddenly increased. But now things have become clear. BCCI is still not organising cricket, but the organization that runs men’s cricket. And Sourav Ganguly is also like the rest of the BCCI presidents. He may be included in the list of India’s greatest captains, but nothing has changed with his arrival in the BCCI.