A Skirmish Pathway of Indian Women’s Cricket Team

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Women’s cricket has travelled a long distance in one of the most cricket loving country, called India. It has journied here from its beginning under the Women’s Cricket Association of India (WCAI), when players had to pay to play tournaments- which sounds so weird today.

Indians must understand the need to safeguard the idea that women and girls have equivalent opportunity to reap the advantages of sport by overpowering sexism in sport at various levels, which comprises demanding and exacting explicit scenarios of assault and discrimination and also addressing the latent obstacles to equality.

Olympics began since 1912 but there is still no place at major championships for the women’s event. These disparities encompassing masculinity, sports and sexism existed since the dawn of mankind. Women sports are not shown like men sports, broadcasters prefer telecasting men sports, print visuals are heavily dominated by the same.

Cricket, India’s most popular sport also happens to be the most underrated one when the women are considered. The second most populous country and not even one-third of the people are familiar with the names of the players of Indian women’s cricket team and in the face of the fattened thoughtfulness in the direction of the fact that it is the same country where people tends to remember the batting and bowling average of the players too along with their names only if you pan the lens towards men’s team

The broadcasters or media are not to be blamed alone. They do play a part, a huge one yet a part constituting to this problem lies in the mind-sets of people because simply Harmanpreet’s version of sixes are not belligerent enough to hold all these viewers captive who are accustomed to the Virat kohli’s earth shattering version of sixes.

Until 2017 1/3rd of the country did not even know about that we have a Women’s International Cricket team as well just because there is inadequate coverage regardless of the fact that both the teams have been performing really well but no one knows women team’s whereabouts, timings, match schedules, wins or the name of players. 90% of the country did not know, not even the name of the captain of Women’s cricket team who has performed in almost 180 one day internationals for India. During Women’s World Cup 2017 all the group league matches were not being telecasted by sports channels but women’s cricket was suddenly all over the sports and news channels when the world was going crazy over the Harmanpreet’s knock.

BCCI had announced new contracts for both the men’s and women’s cricket teams. A few of Kohli’s boys will now earn 14 times more money than Mithali & Co. To sum up the irony, they decided to make the announcement just a day before Women’s Day.

The pay gap between men and women players of the Indian cricket teams needs more scrutiny than merely comparing final contract figures of male and female cricketers. Not only is it a gender issue, there are also economic realities of the free market attached to it. It is important to understand why these differences exist, how the BCCI generally regarded one of our most corrupt admin bodies has failed and what they can do to correct course.

Good sport demands skilled and athletic people which imply that men just have an innate benefit. Females never shared equal limelight with the boys and there are various factors ensuring that, one India being a male dominated society. In a country where cricket (male) is being worshipped and the country is known for its crazy viewership and boundless enthusiasm, it is not an easy task for a single entity to lift women cricket up, which despite of being cricket does not hold viewers captive due to biological reasons. 

(Geetanjali Chetri)