Former Indian cricketer Saba Karim, who until December last year was the manager of India’s cricket control board (BCCI) general manager of cricket operations, said women’s cricket needed to grow faster, “more professionally “a separate plan from cricket for men” “were the key requirements.
The women’s team, captain of Mitali Raj, recently withdrew the one-off test with hosts England and is also scheduled to play a one-off D / N test against Australia in September alongside a series of white balls.
Karim said that while it was a great start, more needed to be done.
“It’s a good start, but there has to be a solid plan, a plan different from the one for boys and men, to move things forward and build on it. I feel that the way to move forward is to do this much more professionally, and the growth of women’s cricket needs to be different from boys’ cricket, and the planning needs to be different.
“One has to have a different plan, a constructive plan, with a lot of outreach programs,” Karim, the former head of women’s cricket for Indian cricket, told ESPNcricinfo.
The former Indian wicket goalkeeper, who played one test and 34 ODIs in addition to being a prolific domestic cricketer, said that although Harmanpreet Kaur,, Die Mandhana and Julan Goswami made a name for themselves in international cricket, not many girls played the sport.
“In India, we don’t have many girls who come to play, even now. We have to make sure that their passage from entering the system to the moment they leave is unhindered. For example, for a boy to walk two kilometers to play cricket or going to school is easy, but it’s not for a girl.So how to eliminate it? How to make it more accessible?
“Also, BCCI has cricket under 19 and under 23, but 40-50% of girls end up playing (both) under 19 and under 23 for certain teams because there aren’t too many girls who play.
“We had to have separate calendars so that there would be no clash. This is not the case with the boys because there are so many players and there is so much talent. So the plan for women has to be different,” Karim said.