Opener Smriti Mandhana and the pace duo of Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey helped the Indian women’s team register a victory against South Africa by 88 runs in the first of the three-match ODI in Kimberley. It surely is a good news for the girls who have returned on ground after a long sabbatical, but none of the cricket fans could witness the win. BCCI stated that they could not ensure the telecast as they do not possess the authority to produce matches outside India.
Tune into past and you would get to know that 226 days ago, Indian Women team returned as the runner ups of the World Cup and BCCI promised rewards and held glittering ceremonies of all sorts. But sadly a look into present confirms that the picture has barely changed.
Probably BCCI was so engrossed watching all the paparazzi hovering around Team India men and under 19 boys that it almost forgot that their women cricket team deserve a share of limelight too.
Twitteratis went furious after not being able watch their heros in action:
@BCCI and their love for their Women's Cricket. I know you can't afford to lose your precious money on Women's Cricket live coverage but can you at least please update some news concerned to the series that is already starting as I'm talking right now. #SAWvINDW
— Jessy Rajkumari (@imJR_4) February 5, 2018
— Tarang Mehta (@tarangmehta1195) February 5, 2018
This is so disappointing that @BCCI are not making any efforts to telecast or live stream ODI match’s after India women cricket team have such a huge number of people following @BCCIWomen @BCCIWomenFC
— Mandara Manjunath (@MandaraManjuna2) February 5, 2018
— Kaushik Roy (@imkroy) February 5, 2018
BCCI’s official handle made a blunder when it reported Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana as the opening combination, the confusion went on and BCCI mistook Punam Raut’s wicket for Mithali’s. However, tweet was later deleted from the handle.
At the halfway stage @BCCIWomen look in a good position. Great contributions throughout the innings from Mandhana who has 52*, Raj on 21. 99/1 #AlwaysRising #ProteasWomen #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/mOz0YHx47F
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 5, 2018
Have a look at the disparity between number of matches the men and women national team played
The chasm between the number of matches played by the men and women’s team is highest in Indian cricket. The men’s team has played 87 more games than the women’s team since 2015.
What does it take when the world is convinced you will always be second best?