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Women’s game languishes even as men in blue thrive | Cricket News

KOLKATA: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been successful in getting the men’s game back on track. However, the women cricketers are still waiting to return to action. The last time they played international cricket was in March during the T20 World Cup, finishing runner-up behind hosts Australia.
It started with BCCI pulling out of the women’s tri-series in England in July, despite ECB willing to make arrangements for travel and accommodation in line with Covid-19 safety.
What followed were promises to play bilateral series in South Africa and West Indies, but none materialised. The latest tour to be called off was to Sri Lanka.
The Indian team was expected to travel after the four-match Women’s T20 Challenge in UAE in November. However, according to sources, the tour was called off due to a lengthy quarantine protocol of the Lankan government.
“The idea is to get the girls back in action and BCCI will have to find a way forward. If the girls are not playing they will tend to lose form and momentum. It’s not easy to just walk out and perform,” said former India skipper Anjum Chopra.
Barring Indian eves, all the other top teams (Australia, England, New Zealand, West Indies) are back in action.
“We understand that the world is in turmoil, but across the globe teams are travelling from one bubble to the other. Not playing will affect the Indian girls, especially when there are several ICC tournaments lined up in the next two years,” the former India opener added.
While the men in blue have a full-fledged series going on in Australia, and have a home series against England lined up in February, the women have nothing to look forward to. To top it all, the board has laid out a domestic schedule for men, whereas women’s cricket has no road map. As per sources, the India women’s team is currently without a manager, as Trupti Bhattacharya’s contract is over, physio Tracy Fernandes’ term too has ended and coach WV Raman will complete his tenure in December