Senior Indian girl pacer Shikha Pandey finds solutions similar to use of smaller balls and shorter pitches to make girls’s recreation interesting to be “superfluous” and requested the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) “to not tinker” with the principles with a purpose to appeal to extra viewers.
Pandey, considered one of India’s most interesting new ball bowlers after Jhulan Goswami, shared a collection of tweets within the wake of a latest ICC webinar that includes New Zealand captain Sophie Devine and India’s rising star Jemimah Rodrigues the place a number of the solutions had been floated.
“I’ve been studying/ listening to quite a bit concerning the adjustments being instructed to assist develop girls’s cricket/ make it a extra enticing product. I personally really feel a lot of the solutions to be superfluous,” 31-year-old Pandey, a serving officer of the Indian Air Pressure, wrote.
Pandey, who has 113 wickets from 104 worldwide appearances, drew the analogy of 100m sprints whereas describing what a lightweight weight ball and 20-yard pitch would imply for ladies’s cricket.
“An Olympic 100m feminine sprinter would not run 80m to win First place medal and clock the identical timing as her male counterpart.
“So the entire ‘reducing the size of the pitch’ for no matter causes appears doubtful. Additionally, it nearly undoubtedly takes the double headers out of query,” she wrote.
Whereas she is recreation for discount of dimension of the cricket ball in girls’s recreation however she is totally in opposition to lowering the load merely due to the notion that they cannot hit the ball lengthy.
“Please do not convey the boundaries in! We now have stunned you with our power-hitting in latest occasions, so keep in mind, that is solely the start; we are going to get higher. Please have persistence. We’re expert gamers, who’re evolving,” wrote Shikha.
What she finds objectionable is making an attempt to realize progress by way of tinkering of guidelines fairly than sturdy advertising and marketing.
“Development will also be achieved by advertising and marketing the game properly. We do not have to tinker with guidelines or the very cloth of the sport to draw an viewers.
“Why not have DRS, Snicko, Hotspot, the entire technical acumen and stay broadcast for each recreation that we play anyplace on the earth,” she questioned, asking for extra funding on the grassroots.
Final however not the least, she made a defining level stating that ladies’s cricket should not be in comparison with the lads’s recreation as each are fully completely different in its essence.
“Please, do not evaluate girls’s sport, girls’s cricket, on this case, with males’s sport.
“We have to see it as a distinct sport altogether … A sport that 86,174 spectators turned as much as watch on March 8, 2020 and a number of other million watched stay on their tv units,” Pandey stated, referring to their T20 World Cup closing in opposition to Australia on the MCG.
“They noticed one thing particular in us, and this is hoping you do too,” she concluded with a hastag “champions in our personal rights”