Indian cricket team’s all-rounder Shikha Pandey recently discussed the changes required to grow women’s cricket & make it more attractive & successful. She has highlighted various pointers suggested by people which seems to be superfluous & needs to be reconsidered.
According to Shikha Pandey the suggestion of reducing the length of cricket pitch for women’s team seems dubious as an Olympic female runner who runs 100-meter distance doesn’t run 80 meters & clock the same timing as her male counterpart. So the whole idea of decreasing the length of the pitch for any reason seems doubtful.
She also highlighted that the idea of reducing the size of the ball is absolutely fine but it will work only if the weight of the ball remains the same. This will allow the bowlers to hold the grip of the ball more conveniently & will provide more opportunity for revs for the spinners & will also travel further if the weight of the ball is appropriate.
Further when Shikha is asked about how the Indian women’s team is working towards improving its boundary hitting ability to which she responded, “Please don’t bring the boundaries in! We have surprised you with our power-hitting shots in recent times so remember this is only the beginning we will improve further. Please have patience in us & trust in our capabilities. We are skilled players who are still evolving.
She also marked the importance of marketing & advertising in the growth of women’s cricket. She said that the growth in women’s cricket can also be achieved when the sport is marketed well. And to attract larger audience there is no need to alter its rules or the very fabric of the game to attract the audience.
An important point which she highlighted during her discussion is introducing heavy investments at grass root levels, equal playing opportunities, zero discrimination in women’s cricket which is the need of the hour. She said, “Why not have DRS, Snicko, Hotspot all of the technical instruments & live broadcast for every game which we play anywhere in the world”.
She also highlighted the importance of not comparing women’s cricket with men’s cricket. She said, “We need to see women’s sport from a different perspective. A sport that 86,174 spectators turned up to watch on March 8, 2020, & several million watched live on their television sets has great potential. The audience has seen something special in us & I hope everyone should have faith in us”.