How long will cricket board’s case drag on?

When Mithali Raj started playing for India, not many of the present cricket administrators may have been around and if she says that it is the right time for a womens Indian Premier League (IPL) the Indian board should consider it seriously.

Some 30 years ago when women’s cricket was trying to find place under the sun, the game’s administrators had little support and the players were sneered at for making a joke of it. They were forced to play at smaller centres with only the curious turning up to see how women play a men’s sport.

Still, some critics think the Mithalis and Jhulans do not know what they are talking about. Organisationally, a lot needs to be done but it is now in the hands of the Board and it should not be a difficult to put together five or six teams to play in the IPL.

Come to think of it, India’s major employers, Railways alone have 150 cricketers on their rolls today. It may take a few more years for the girls to go under the hammer, but surely five franchises can easily be found to field teams to start with.

Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy can be the star promoters for the Twenty20 league and like in the IPL, scouts will come across Pandyas, Manish Pandeys, Sanju Samsons, Rishab Pants, Nitish Ranas, Rahul Tripathis and Mohammed Sirajs of women’s cricket once the girls get motivated.

Why deride women’s cricket when the courts and cricket administrators have left the administration in a big mess? If International cricket, and to a great extent domestic cricket, are left unharmed it is largely thanks to the board’s pioneers who have given a template for every age-group and format for subsequent generations.

The Board is seen as the best run sports body in the country and that, perhaps, gives its officials the arrogance to thumb their nose even at the country’s apex court, much to the annoyance of a vast majority of cricket fans.

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