A year that saw India go no where

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Saturday, December 30, 2000, 22:00 [IST]
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Bangalore: At the end of the Millennium year the Indian women's cricket scene finds itself touching base at the very place it took off. Yes, they have made efforts to move forward but unfortunately they had themselves believing that they were progressing while all along they were only chipping away aimlessly. The end product... a disfigured display of affairs.

Giving the devil its due, one must be fair enough in stating that Women's Cricket Association of India (WCAI) are inclined to do this game good but sadly they seem to lack direction and light.

After spending so much of time and energy, apart from money, the Indian women's cricket scene has nothing much to press home.

With no blue print to go by, preparations for the 2000 World Cup started as early as May this year, with all of six months of the Women's cricket calendar dedicated to a bunch of probables - sadly to no avail, the result of which saw the domestic scene take a further beating, with all other cricketing activities at the sub-junior, junior and senior levels coming to a grinding halt.

Six months they focused on nothing else but holding camps, doing the up and down stuff, and as the tournament approached one witnessed WCAI make certain characteristic moves, with the swapping of coaches topping the charts. That apart, nothing concrete took place in the women's cricket scene.

So at the end of it all, the team set out to the Kiwi land on a drunken high, if one may say so, to conquer the World but what unfolded was yet another sob story. Once the spirit had sobered down they woke up to the reality that they had been conquered instead.

Yes, that is the story of the Indian women's cricket scene in a nutshell. Almost the whole of 2000 was dedicated towards one tournament - the World Cup, and with India mustering a tepid show everything's back to square one.

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