Mithali Raj the mainstay of Indian Women’s Cricket team for years now has taken the retirement from T-20 International with an eye on 50-Over World Cup and immediately she makes a bold statement on the turning point for Women’s Cricket in India. She was quick to comment on it where she mentioned that it was in 2006 when the Women’s Cricket came under BCCI and there has been no looking back since then. The graph has just risen consistently and this decision had a positive impact on the Women’s Cricket culture in India.
“Well, I think the turning point, in my opinion, has to be 2006 as in that year we came under BCCI. With that a lot of facilities were provided to us, a lot of things changed for good and better. Since then, there has been a gradual improvement in respect to the access in facilities like NCA and an increase in the support staff,” Raj said.
“Lot more matches and international series started to get scheduled for us and also contracts came into effect which gave security to the players and they were able to focus on their game,” she added.
“This decision was taken in January itself during the New Zealand tour. I had told the coach WV Raman and chairman of selectors about my decision. The captain also knew about that. All the people who were needed to be told about my decision were informed. 2021 World Cup would be my swansong. I am looking forward to preparing for the World Cup,” Raj said.
“I did not see myself playing the T20 World Cup next year in Australia. I thought I should make the coach aware of my plans so
that he can think of an alternative for the team and starts preparing the side likewise. I wanted to give him that time where he can
try various players to get experience into the side,” she added.
It will interesting to see how the things pan out for Women’s Indian Cricket Team in the coming years after the decision pf retirement taken by Mithali Raj.