Step-Motherly treatment for Women cricket: Cricket Australia has announced the postponement of Australia-India women’s ODI series slated for next month due to Covid-19. At the time when Australia board has not left any stone unturned to host ongoing series involving Indian men’s team – their decision to postpone women tour in name of Covid-19 clearly reveals step motherly treatment for women cricket.
CA boss Nick Hockley said Australia would host India’s women next season with three extra Twenty20 internationals added to the schedule on top of the three ODIs originally earmarked for January.
“We had initially hoped to play India this summer, however the impact of the global pandemic made it necessary to postpone until next season,” Hockley said in a media release.
Australia are currently hosting the India men’s team in a four-test series. One should ask, when the men’s cricket is possible – why women cricket is getting cancelled / postponed series after series.
Are the cricket boards serious about women cricket ?
Indian women cricket team is yet to play any international series this season. They were suppose to tour England for Tri-series in June – but that was cancelled due to Covid-19. India tour to SriLanka was again postponed and now the tour of Australia for Indian eves stand postponed.
All of these tours along with various other series involving women cricket teams world overs have been postponed in the name of Covid-19. But at the same time boards are going all out to organize men’s cricket, professional leagues.
ECB postponed Tri-Series but at the same time they were hosting West Indies and series against Pakistan. BCCI is yet to organize any international cricket for Indian women team this entire year. At the same time they hosted IPL 2020 without any fuss. Cricket Australia also is hosting India tour of Australia, Big Bash League – but the women series has been cancelled. Sri Lanka Cricket hosted LPL but cancelled India vs Sri Lanka series.
This clearly shows where the priority lies for the national cricket boards.