Bangalore, Jan 30: Cricket being a religion in the sub-continent, why do the standards vary for men and women? Since BCCI took over Women's cricket under its own wing in 2006, the officials have stated that they have been offered adequate support. But the question is are they treated on par with men?
Talking about the gender-discrimination, former India women captain Diana Edulji told Cricinfo that women cricketers have been asked to make do with minimum standards as they were asked to stay at a hotel located in the centre of the city that was within the budget, before being shifted to the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, ahead of the Women's World Cup.
"The BCCI is running women's cricket because they have to run it, because the ICC is now running both men's and women's cricket."
"Otherwise, there is no women's cricket. They cannot play under any other banner. I would say it is an insult to women's cricket to be treated this way," Edulji told ESPNcricinfo.
Reacting to the same issue, a member of Indian women team told Mid-day that the women cricketers were ashamed to be treated like this.
"We are put up at a hotel where the Mumbai Cricket Association officials are usually put up. Also there are no proper food arrangements for us. Will they ever treat the men's cricket team the way they treat us? They have even shifted a World Cup match out of Wankhede to accommodate a Ranji Trophy final. Is the Ranji Trophy bigger than a World Cup? People like to make claims about us being equal to men. But male chauvinism will never go from our country. We are playing for the love of the game," said an Indian squad member, bitterly.
If this has been a major problem there are many more that needs to be countered. Unlike men's cricket, women cricketers do not get proper match fee, as the fee is approximately Rs 2500 for a domestic match and even less for T20s. With such treatment, how can women cricketers survive? Moreover with such treatment how can one think of developing women cricket?