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Published: Saturday, June 16, 2001, 0:44 [IST]
 
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Johannesburg: The United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) has welcomed moves by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to promote women's cricket globally.The UCBSA said the ICC's steps were in line with its own thinking."We think that women's cricket needs to be elevated so that it can achieve a high profile internationally," Joan Edwards, appointed by UCBSA two months ago as co-ordinator for women's cricket in South Africa, said."The UCBSA is fully committed to the development of women's cricket in this country and has prioritised this on its agenda."The ICC and the International Women's Cricket Council (IWCC) earlier announced details of a joint project to prepare a strategic plan for the global development of women's cricket.As a part of the initiative, Lynette Larsen, former Australian women's cricket captain, has been appointed to a 12-month part-time position as the IWCC Research Officer. The ICC is substantially funding the post to enable the IWCC prepare a strategic plan for the women's game."We have already initiated a plan for empowering women and to secure greater involvement by women in the sport. The government is fully supporting us, and the Sports Ministry has contributed 150,000 Rand for the project," Edwards said.She said plans were still to be discussed by the UCBSA, but included proposals for coaching teachers at schools and forming provincial squads.Edwards said there were more than 100 women's cricket clubs in South Africa and about 300 schools had girls' teams. She said plans were under way to revise the Constitution of the South African Women's Cricket Association, which will now become an affiliate of the UCBSA."In my schooling days it was unheard of for girls to play cricket. It was fine to watch the men and boys play, but we were not supposed to be on the field," she said."But coming from a cricket-mad family, including my brother Neil Edwards who played for Transvaal, I am hoping to play a role in this important developmental area.""We are delighted that women's issues are being looked after by women," UCBSA CEO Gerald Majola said.IANS

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