Former women cricketers have a difference of opinion on certain issues related to the development of the game, especially on whether the Indian women should play Tests or not.
Former India captain and left-arm spinner Diana Edulji said Test cricket was a must to develop skills, while Shubhangi Kulkarni felt otherwise.
Shubhangi, who has also led India and is currently the chairperson of the Asian Cricket Council’s women’s committee, said: “The majority of the countries feel that 50 overs and Twenty20 is the way forward for women’s cricket. Only Australia and England play the Ashes.
“The Indian women should play two-day games in domestic cricket to improve their skills,” said Shubhangi, who was in the BCCI’s women’s committee for four years.
Diana said that the BCCI should rectify the anomaly that exists between men’s and women’s cricket.
After releasing ‘Beyond Boundaries’, an autobiography of former India player Shobha Pandit Mundkar, at the C.K. Nayudu, Cricket Club of India (CCI), she urged the BCCI to look into the one-off compensation for former cricketers who have played Tests and ODIs and review the pension scale.
Central contract system
Diana also wanted a male coach to be appointed and better support staff for the national team. She wanted the board to introduce a central contract system like the other ICC full members.
Shubhangi said: “There are many States which are proactive in women’s cricket and opportunities can be created for the under-16 and under-19 girls, and also develop an India ‘A’ team.”
Shobha Pandit said: “When I played in New Zealand in 1976, I decided then that I should share my experiences, on and off the field. So, this book is about a young girl, her dreams and the journey from the backyard of her grandfather’s old house in Santa Cruz to become a world renowned cricketer.”