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India's Pandey: Women's Games Need Investment to Grow

India's Pandey: Women's Games Need Investment to Grow

Sunday, 28 June, 2020 - 08:00
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Women's cricket needs better marketing and investment to grow, and not "dubious" innovations like a shorter pitch or smaller boundaries, said India pace bowler Shikha Pandey on Twitter.

Her comments came in response to New Zealand captain Sophie Devine recommending a smaller ball and Pandey's India team mate Jemimah Rodrigues suggesting a shorter pitch to pack more action into women's cricket, AFP reported.

Devine and Rodrigues spoke in an innovation webinar organized by the governing International Cricket Council earlier this month.

"In Olympic 100m female sprinter doesn't run 80m to win first place medal ... So the whole 'decreasing the length of the pitch' for whatever reasons seems dubious," the 31-year-old said in a series of tweets on Saturday.

According to Pandey, some merit in using a smaller ball but said it must weigh the same because a lighter ball would be tougher to grip and travel more slowly.

She resented, though, the idea of having smaller boundaries to encourage power-hitting.

"We have surprised you with our power-hitting in recent times, so remember, this is only the beginning; we will get better. Please have patience."

The game would grow if women's international matches were broadcast live along with the Decision Review System (DRS) component, she noted.

"Growth can also be achieved by marketing the sport well. We don't have to tinker with rules or the very fabric of the game to attract an audience," she said.

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