India’s chief pacer Shikha Pandey finds suggestions such as using smaller balls and shorter pitches to make the women’s game “superfluous” and urged the ICC to “not play” with rules to attract more audience.
Pandey, one of India’s best new bowlers after Jhulan Goswami, shared a series of tweets following a recent ICC webinar with New Zealand Captain Sophie Devine and rising Indian star Jemimah Rodrigues, where some of the suggestions were presented.
“I’ve been reading/hearing a lot about the suggested changes to help grow women’s cricket / make it a more attractive product. Personally, I think most of the suggestions are superfluous,” wrote Pandey, 31, a serving officer of the Indian Air Force.
Pandey, who has 113 wickets from 104 international appearances, drew the 100m sprint analogy while describing what a light ball and a 20-yard pitch would mean for women’s cricket.
“A 100-meter Olympic sprinter does not run 80 meters to win the first place medal and the clock at the same time as her male counterpart.” So the whole ‘decrease in field length’ for whatever reason seems dubious. Also, it almost definitely takes double headings out of the question, “she wrote.
While she is the game for reducing the size of the cricket ball in the women’s game, but she is completely against reducing the weight simply because of the perception that they cannot hit the ball for long. “Please don’t push the limits! We have surprised you with our power lately, so remember, this is just the beginning; we are going to get better. Please be patient. We are skillful players who are evolving,” he wrote. Shikha.
What she finds objectionable is trying to achieve growth through tinkering with the rules rather than robust marketing. “Growth can also be achieved by marketing the sport well. We don’t have to play by the rules or the fabric of the game to attract an audience.
“Why not have DRS, Snicko, Hotspot, all the technical insight and live streaming for every game we play anywhere in the world?” He asked, asking for more investment on the bases. Last but not least, she made a defining point by stating that women’s cricket should not be compared to men’s play, as the two are completely different in essence.
“Please don’t compare women’s sport, women’s cricket, in this case, with men’s sports.” We need to see it as a completely different sport … A sport that 86,174 spectators showed up to watch on March 8, 2020, and several million watched live on their televisions, “Pandey said, referring to his T20 World Cup final against Australia at the MCG.
“They saw something special in us, and here we hope you will too,” he concluded with a hashtag “champions in our own rights.”