The Board of Control for Cricket in India has declined a nod to the mixed gender T20 match proposed by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The proposed exhibition match were to feature the RCB players and leading Indian women international cricketers like Harmanpreet Kaur, Mithali Raj and Veda Krishnamurthy. Even as the BCCI permission was awaited, the RCB had already started promoting their ambitious exhibition game.
The date and the venue for the game were not announced, but it was being considered for some time shortly after the ICC World Cup 2019.
“The RCB had asked for permission for a mixed-gender Twenty20 exhibition match, as part of a campaign launched by Royal Challenge Sports Drink but it is against the BCCI rules. The BCCI doesn’t allow players to be part of exhibition games and that is why the request was turned down,” Indian Express has quoted a BCCI source as saying.
The franchise ran a promotional campaign titled #ChallengeAccepted. The date of the game wasn’t mentioned during the campaign. The franchise issued a press release in April. In the statement RCB captain Kohli said: “Be it men or women, cricket is one game, and I want to urge fans to break the boundaries that exist in their mind that divides the sport by gender. Equality in sports is ultimately a reflection of equality in life, and if we want a better tomorrow, then we need to say #ChallengeAccepted and start breaking down all stereotypes.”