Shantha Rangaswamy, a member of the BCCI's top council, said that the women's team should not be treated as a refusal to refuse to send the women's team for the proposed tri-series in England. He said on Monday that anyone who is questioning the intent of the board should wait for the situation to return to normal.
The BCCI decided not to send the women's team for the tri-series with England and South Africa due to the Covid-19epidemic. The board is preparing to host the IPL in the UAE from September to November. In such a situation, the seriousness of the board regarding women's cricket is being questioned, but the former captain rejected this criticism.
Rangaswamy told PTI, “This is not a matter of neglect.” You need at least six weeks to get match fitness and in most parts of the country, is it possible to camp in view of Kovid-19? You also have to be in isolation for 14 days in England. '
Women's exhibition matches during the IPL are unlikely to happen this year and the team hardly gets to play more matches before the World Cup in New Zealand in February-March next year. Rangaswamy said, “We didn't have enough time to prepare.” Covid-19has impacted sports around the world, with more impact on women's cricket. We have again gone back a few years after the record number of spectators in the final of the T20 World Cup in Melbourne. This is sad. '
The IPL is to be held from September 19, during which the Women's Big Bash will also be played in Australia. Three to four Indian players are expected to participate in it.
Rangaswamy said, “It seems that nature is also conspiring against women's cricket. Last year, there were three teams in the IPL Women's Challenge and this year it was to have four teams. The venue of the tournament has changed, but the problem is more that the Big Bash League is to be held at the same time. Let's see what the steering committee of IPL decides. '
He said, 'Going to England was more important than IPL exhibition matches. The tour to England would have prepared the World Cup well. ”Rangaswamy said that in the current environment, BCCI's commitment to the game (women's cricket) should not be judged. He said, “After Kovid-19, her commitment to women's cricket will be known. Those who doubt the intent of the BCCI should first wait for things to return to normal. The current situation is not under his control. '