New Delhi: India pacer Shikha Pandey stated on Sunday that ladies’s cricket wouldn’t profit from being tinkered and altered all the way down to the scale of the match balls and the sizes of the pitches and will as a substitute get extra consideration by way of advertising and marketing and grass-roots developments.
The 30-year-old stated that she has heard loads of murmurs of the potential adjustments that may be led to to popularise ladies’s cricket, together with altering the scale of the ball, the pitch and shortening the boundaries.
In a thread of tweets, Shikha weighed in on the options. “I have been reading/ hearing a lot about the changes being suggested to help grow women’s cricket/ make it a more attractive product. I personally feel most of the suggestions to be superfluous,” she stated.
“An Olympic 100m feminine sprinter doesn’t run 80m to win (gold medal) and clock the identical timing as her male counterpart. So the entire ‘decreasing the length of the pitch’ for no matter causes appears doubtful. Also, it virtually undoubtedly takes the double headers out of query.
“Reducing the scale of the ball is ok, however as Ian Smith advised, it solely works if the load stays the identical. This will permit for bowlers to grip the ball higher – extra revs for the spinners – and hits will even journey additional (not be the case whether it is mild).
“Please don’t convey the boundaries in! We have stunned you with our power-hitting in latest occasions, so bear in mind, that is solely the start; we are going to get higher. Please have endurance. We are expert gamers, who’re evolving.
“Growth will also be achieved by advertising and marketing the game properly. We don’t need to tinker with guidelines or the very cloth of the sport to draw an viewers.
“Why not have DRS, Snicko, Hotspot, all the technical acumen and reside broadcast for each sport that we play wherever on this planet.
“Heavy investments at grass root ranges, equal taking part in alternatives, zero discrimination and many others.”
Shikha stated that ladies’s cricket, or ladies’s sport typically, ought to be seen as a unique entity from their males’s counterpart. She then took the instance of the document crowd that the Melbourne Cricket Ground noticed earlier this yr for the Women’s T20 World Cup ultimate.
“Please, don’t examine ladies’s sport, ladies’s cricket, on this case, with males’s sport. We have to see it as a unique sport altogether… A sport that 86,174 spectators turned as much as watch on March eight and a number of other million watched reside on their tv units.
“They noticed one thing particular in us, and right here’s hoping you do too! #FillTheMCG #WomensCricket #BetterEverday @ICC,” she concluded.