Former Australia Women skipper Lisa Sthalekar criticises BCCI for their “slow planning” regarding women’s IPL

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Former Australia women cricketer Lisa Sthalekar has recently shared her views on the Women’s IPL where she said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been pretty slow in planning the first edition of the women’s IPL as well. The Women’s T20 Challenge, which took place recently during the men’s IPL playoffs, was supposed to be a four-team tournament this year but failed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lisa Sthalekar
Indian women’s team during the women’s Twenty20 World Cup cricket tournament in Australia.

Meanwhile, Women’s T20 Challenge was played on slow pitches in the UAE. Moreover, they didn’t have much opportunities to practice as well as the Team India last played competitive cricket in the final of the Women’s T20 World Cup on March 8 against Australia.

Lisa Sthalekar acknowledged that one of the reasons Australian women’s cricket team has been doing well is because Cricket Australia took it seriously by launching the Women’s Big Bash League. She hoped that the BCCI would organise something like that as well and invest in women’s cricket more too. She also believes that three are talented players in India and the women’s IPL will give the perfect platform to showcase their talent and calibre.

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“I think they (BCCI) are moving in the right direction but slow in planning a women’s IPL and provide enough match practice. The reason why Australian women’s cricket is going well is because we have invested in it. Australia are the leaders in creating WBBL, which is in its sixth year,” Lisa Sthalekar was quoted as saying by ABC.

“I hear the argument in India that we just don’t have the depth, but we didn’t think we had the depth either. You have to take a bit of a gamble, but when is the right time to do anything? Probably yesterday,” she further shared

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While the Indian men’s cricket team has already been prepping for their international series against Australia after the COVID-19 break, the Indian women’s cricket team still does not know when they will be playing next. Lisa Sthalekar felt that this is a reason to worry about and that is the reason why Indian women’s cricket has been falling behind too.

“I know the pandemic and what the situation is in India. But the fact that Indian contracted players don’t know when they are playing next is a massive concern. They are going to fall behind. I feel they are the biggest untapped talent market. If they get it right, then Indian women’s cricket will dominate,” Lisa Sthalekar concluded.

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