Lisa Sthalekar has insisted that the lack of matches for the next Indian women’s squad is a huge cause for concern and that they are the biggest untapped talent market. She added that BCCI is moving in the right direction but is slow to plan the women’s IPL and provide enough match practice.
While BCCI has sort of staged the international takeover for Indian cricketers, their female counterparts have struggled to find matches in the dominant situations. With the exception of the Women’s T20 Challenge during the IPL, the female cricketers have not played a single match since placing second in Australia at the T20 World Cup this year. And surprisingly, nothing is planned for them in the near future as well.
Former Australian captain Lisa Sthalekar, now a well-known commentator, has insisted that the lack of matches for Indian female cricketers is a cause for concern as they are BCCI’s biggest untapped talent.
“I know about the pandemic and the situation in India. But the fact that Indian contract players don’t know when they will play next is a major concern. They are going to fall behind. I think they are the biggest market for talent. untapped. If they are successful, Indian women’s cricket will dominate, “said Sthalekar, as quoted by TOI.
The lack of practice for Indian female cricketers was quite evident in the Women’s T20 Challenge, where Velocity’s lowest score was 47, which certainly didn’t make up for good publicity for them. Seeing the example of the WBBL, which has been one of the main reasons for the dominance of the Australian team, Lisa Sthalekar said that BCCI is going in the right direction but is slow in planning the progress of female cricketers.
“I think they (BCCI) are moving in the right direction, but slowly in planning a Women’s IPL and providing enough match practice. The reason Australian cricket is doing well is because we have invested in it. ., which is in its sixth year. I still remember that in the first year we only had six national teams. But we went ahead and were extended by two teams, “she said. declared.
Hitting all opponents, who see the lack of depth as the reason not to expand, the former Aussie captain added that the investment and time were needed to get results.
“I hear the argument in India that we just don’t have the depth, but we also didn’t think we had the depth. Maybe the teams (in WBBL) were a little weaker when we had started but we have more girls picking the stick and the ball now and we see some quality teams. You have to take a little risk but when is the right time to do something? Probably yesterday, “added Sthalekar.
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