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Step-sisterly treatment for Indian eves

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

First of all I express my rich tributes to the Indian women's Cricket team for winning three matches on the trot in the on going Women's Cricket World Cup. They registered emphatic victories against three times champion England, West Indies and Pakistan However, it is with regret that I wonder why the India women's cricket eves and for that matter the eves of any other sport in India have been given  step motherly treatment by the powers that be. There were certain lacunae in the manner in which the eves' matches were advertised in some of the papers, which was rectified later on. The timing and the channel showing the women's cricket match were not mentioned on the day of the match in some cases. There is also a huge disparity in the pay packet presented to the men's and women's players. The women's team which falls under the ambit of the BCCI which is the richest Cricket Board in the world should, under the circumstances, should be given a larger chunk of the pie. Cricket is a gentlemens game as well as a gentlewomans game!!!! In fact the eves share of salary should be at par with the huge bonanza that the men get.The BCCI should in fact donate generously to other sports federations. It is of consternation to note that the captain of the Indian cricket team Mithali Raj was asked in an interview who her favourite male cricketer was. This was a bit too much for her and she retorted, "Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Manjit Kolekar the well known boxer has commented, "In Rio Olympics last year when India seemed to have lost all hope it was Sakshi Malik and Sindhu who brought in the first ray of sunshine for the the country. However this should not belittle the efforts of the male sportsmen in the Olympics nor the performance of the males in the field of hockey, badminton and cricket and some other sports in recent times.

— Hemant Hemmady, Virar

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