A gross injustice! Does anybody care?

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Sunday, January 14, 2001, 21:15 [IST]
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What a gross injustice it has turned out to be! Is there anybody out there who cares?

Well, the last minute swapping of coaches seems not only to have undone the Indian team, but also seems to have caused a great deal of damage to the person itself. The swapping and the eventual treatment meted out to Sudha Shah, it seems, has virtually stilled life in her. A brief outing with Sudha was sufficient to judge the pain and humiliation suffered, out in New Zealand.

Is there no accountability, whatsoever, with regards to the Women's Cricket Association of India (WCAI)? Generally, banana republics tend to have dictator's regime but we in India certainly have a right to our voice. Why have all the affiliate associations gone silent? Why have all the, so-called, influential forces gone dumb? How can something so inexplicable be done away without taking to book?

Isn't it fair that somebody be given a full run before being judged? How can you sack somebody even before the tournament has started, especially somebody who has won you a series abroad? There definitely has to be rationale to any deed, otherwise, one's afraid, it can only be jotted down as 'Hitler's Regime'.

Deed after deed is a questionable one (unquestionable to be apt). Yet, there seems to be no spunk in any to pose the question. It seems that the secretary of the WCAI is more powerful than the President of India in so much that the President of India has the constitution to abide by but in the case of WCAI there is none whatsoever.

With the WCAI any person can represent any state at any given time, the country's premier tournament can be played on matting wickets with sub junior boundary demarcations, the chairman of selectors can also get to be the coach of the Indian team and yet there are no guidelines by which anybody can get to question these discrepancies.

At a time when the women's scene needs a refreshing change all that we get is foul play. Will women's cricket ever come of age? One fervently hopes it does but one is not too sure as to how and when we can expect this change. At this rate it is going to take a miracle.

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