ICC is considering paving the path of women’s cricket differently for the Indian market. A big change is about to come. 2024 would not be the same as it is now.
Women’s cricket has one great advantage in India compared to other countries. Cricket is the most viewed sport in the country and data from Ormax Media reveals about 12.4 crore populations are cricket fans and it represents 91 percent of all the sports fans. Bollywood has stepped into making biopics on Mithali Raj, the legendary cricketer, and this is being considered a significant milestone. TV show producers like Kapil Sharma have been lately inviting young women cricketers to their shows including The Kapil Sharma Show.
ICC announced to sell the rights for women’s and men’s events individually and it includes the digital rights too, starting with India to grab the best possible business contract.
Bidders are to compete in sixteen men’s events and six women’s events, spanning eight and four years respectively. The total number of matches would be 362 in the men’s category and 103 in the women’s category.
The sixteen men’s matches include two World Cups of fifty overs each, four finals of the World Test Championship, two Champions Trophies, four T20 World Cups and four World Cups of Under-19 players. The women’s segment breakup is one T20 Champions Trophy, one World Cup match of fifty overs, two T20 World Cups of Under-19 players and two T20 World Cups.
ICC is looking for a vision for women’s cricket from the bidders. They need to mention how they may use their platforms in the promotion of women’s games. criteria. This means money is not the sole criterion to win the bid.
Press release of ICC reveals the potential bidders need to submit a bid for the four years period in the men’s events. They may even opt to bid for eight years.
The Indian Women’s Cricket Team
It is true the initial years of women’s cricket were in obscurity and neglect in India while men’s cricket reaped fame and riches. The players had poor access to facilities and faced a domestic structure crisis. They used to graduate from the pitch mats and reached international grounds straight.
BCCI brought women’s cricket under its umbrella in 2005, too late of course to mention here.. A year later, the Indian women’s cricket team paved to another World Cup final. India lost by 9 runs against England at the Lord’s, but the televised match won the hearts of Indian cricket fans.
She has lately announced retirement from all forms of international cricket. In her career of 23 years,
- Represented the country 333 times and scored 10,868 runs across all formats. She led the team twice to the World Cup finals.
- Nicknamed Lady Tendulkar, is the all-time leading scorer for India in women’s cricket.
- Fifth in the world to score more than 1,000 World Cup runs, played the most consecutive ODIs for a team.
Women’s Cricket History
A couple of years later, a women’s cricket team named Original English Lady Cricketers toured across England and made substantial profits. Australia set up a women’s cricket league in 1894. Port Elizabeth in South Africa had a women’s team named Pioneers Cricket Club in the same period.
International Women’s test match was first played in December 1934 between England and Australia. New Zealand joined in 1935. The Netherlands became the 10th women’s cricket test nation in 2007. . Commonwealth Games Federation announced to include women’s cricket in the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Mithali had made her international debut on 26 June 1999. Thus, she completed 22 years in international cricket when she took the field during Indian women’s match against England on Sunday. Only Tendulkar (22 years 91 days) has a longer career than Mithali in international cricket.
Mithali celebrated the occasion by scoring 72 in the first ODI in Bristol although India went on to lose the match by eight wickets. The 38-year-old is the leading run-scorer in women’s ODI cricket. In 215 ODIs, she has amassed 7170 runs at an average of 51.21 with seven hundreds and 56 fifties
England Women vs India Women, 1st ODI at Bristol, 27 Jun, 2021Toss: England Women, who chose to bowl
India Women: 201/8 (50 ov)
England Women: 202/2 (34.4 ov)
Result: England Women won by 8 wicketsEngland Women vs India Women, 3rd ODI at Worcester, 03 Jul, 2021
Toss: India Women, who chose to bowl
England Women: 219/10 (47 ov)
India Women: 220/6 (46.3 ov)Result: India Women won by 4 wickets