Twenty20 will foster women~~s cricket, says Mithali

Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Indian women's team captain Mithali Raj said the fast growing Twenty20 version could provide the right fillip for women's cricket in the country.

Mithali, who led the Indians to their first final appearance in the World Cup in South Africa in March-April, said the women's game needed to make itself more entertainment oriented in order to draw spectators and introducing a tournament in the mini-One-day format was the best way to move forward.

"People want entertainment, whether it is women's or men's cricket. They don't come to watch copybook style," Mithali said.

"You watch men's cricket, it all about power. But women are not as strong as men. We don't have that speed, nor the aggression.

"I think Twenty20 would be a good idea, it will attract crowd. It will be more suited for television also," the 23-year-old said.

Mithali and fellow Railways players -- including Jaya Sharma, Neetu David, Amita Sharma, Hemlata Kala, Deepa Marathe, Nooshin Al Khader, and Reema Malhotra of the Indian team -- received a total cash award of Rs 5 lakh besides out of turn promotion for each of them from their employers.

The incentive comes down to Rs 50,000 per head, far below than a regular member of the men's team would get in match day allowance alone every year.

"At least they are doing something," Mithali reassured herself with a broad smile.

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