Vinod Rai, former chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), expressed regret over the state of women’s cricket in India in a recent interview with The Week. Vinod Rai has been in the news for quite some time due to his book “Not Just a Nightwatchman”, in which he writes about his tenure and his stint with cricket administration.
Speaking about women’s cricket in India, Vinod Rai said that he had to call kit manufacturer Nike to ask them to design the women’s jersey separately, as earlier men’s jerseys were cut for women and It was stitched again. However, now the design of the men’s and women’s teams varies slightly.
“I don’t think women’s cricket has received the attention it deserves. Unfortunately, women’s cricketers weren’t taken seriously until about 2006, when (Sharad) Pawar formed a men’s and women’s union,” she said. Initiated the merger. I was surprised to learn that men’s jerseys for female players were being cut and re-sewn. I had to call Nike and tell them it wouldn’t work and their design would be different ”
Vinod Rai further added, “I agree that the women’s cricket team deserved better player training, coaching facilities, cricketing gear, travel facilities and lastly, match fees and retainers. It was lacking and we tried to rectify it. ” She also said that the focus was on women’s cricket after India reached the final of the 2017 ICC World Cup, in which Harmanpreet Kaur scored an unbeaten 171 to take India to the final.
He also added, “It’s an excuse not to work. Unless you support them, how will they win the trophy? If they didn’t win in Australia or England, (then) the main thing was mind conditioning. In every team they would There are mental coaches and sports psychologists. My regret was that I did not pay attention to women’s cricket till that match in which Harmanpreet (Kaur) scored an unbeaten 171 in the 2017 Women’s World Cup (against Australia). She told me Said, ‘Sir, I was cramping so I had to hit sixes, because I couldn’t run much! They were told at the hotel that they were not getting the food they wanted, so they ate samosas for breakfast that morning!”