Indian pacer Shikha Pandey on Saturday took to Twitter to counter suggestions aimed at increasing engagement with the target market in women’s cricket. She stated that most of the thoughts had been ‘superfluous’ and requested not to exchange the very nature of the sport in order to appeal to the crowd.
After a current ICC webinar featuring New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine as well as Jemimah Rodrigues, Shikha, who boasts of 113 wickets from 104 matches, said, “I have been reading/ listening to a lot about the adjustments being counseled to assist develop women’s cricket/ make it a more alluring product. I for my part experience most of the recommendations to be superfluous.”
“An Olympic 100m lady sprinter doesn’t run 80m to win First place medal and clock the equal timing as her male counterpart. “So the entire ‘decreasing the size of the pitch’ for something motives seems dubious. Also, it nearly genuinely takes the doubleheaders out of question,” wrote the 31-year historic Shikha, who is additionally a serving officer of the Indian Air Force.
Shikha appealed for patience, promising that it will solely get better from here. “Please don’t carry the boundaries in! We have amazed you with our power-hitting in the latest times, so remember, this is solely the beginning; we will get better. Please have patience. We are professional players, who are evolving,” wrote Shikha.
Instead of changes in rules, Shikha cautioned an alternate in advertising strategy. “Growth can additionally be finished by advertising and marketing the game well. We don’t have to tinker with policies or the very material of the sport to attract an audience.
“Why no longer have DRS, Snicko, Hotspot, all of the technical acumen and stay broadcast for each recreation that we play somewhere in the world,” she questioned, asking for more funding at the grassroots. Last however now not the least, she made a defining factor declaring that women’s cricket shouldn’t be compared to the men’s recreation as each is definitely extraordinary in its essence.
“Please, don’t evaluate women’s sport, women’s cricket, in this case, with men’s sport. We need to see it as a distinctive game altogether … An activity that 86,174 spectators became up to watch on March 8, 2020, and numerous million watched live on their tv sets,” Pandey said, referring to their T20 World Cup last towards Australia at the MCG.