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Ipl 2018
Steve Waugh's idea of one female cricketer in T20 teams is a bad one
How about one female cricketer per Indian Premier League team? This was the first thing that came to my mind when I read that Steve Waugh, one of the most successful Aussie skipper wants to see a female cricketer playing in the Big Bash League in Australia. Big Bash League is a domestic T20 tournament in Australia - the same as IPL. When I asked the above said question to a cricket fan and two former Indian cricketers, neither of them welcomed the idea. It was a big no for all of them.

Karsan Ghavri, a former cricketer dismissed my idea about one IPL team with one female cricketer. He said, “It is a terrible, rubbish idea.” He further explained his point by bringing in other points, “The game of cricket is different. It is not like Table Tennis, Lawn Tennis or Badminton, where the game can be played in the form of mixed doubles as well. Cricket cannot be mixed (gender). Men must play against men.

Another former cricketer, Lalchand Rajput also rubbished the idea and stated, “It is not a good idea at all. The difference in the playing style between the men and the women's team is too vast. You cannot even compare.” When I thought, that the youth would like this idea of a female cricketer, as they are free to changes in the game with open arms were somehow not keen to the idea. Even they gave a thumbs down. One such youth, Swaraj Pakhrin, who is an avid cricket follower said, “It would just prove to be a cheap trick to rope in more crowd. It would look like a circus if a female cricketer is part of the IPL.

With the cut throat competition that exists amongst the various IPL teams, female cricketers would be found wanting especially meeting up to the standards of men. One fear that comes is that they might just be adding up the numbers. Rajput puts it in a poetic manner, “They will land up in a pond full of water, where they will not be able to swim.” But, it is for sure that a few number of people would walk into the stadium just to watch these girls play. Yet again, Ghavri did not agree and brought some valid points against it. He said, “IPL always witnesses a full crowd. From the entertainment perspective, it does happen outside the boundary ropes, where beautiful girls, (cheerleaders) dance when a four or a six is hit. But they should not be allowed inside the ropes.

When asked bringing a female cricketer in the IPL would help in the development of cricket for women, the avid cricket follower got livid and said angrily, “If that is the case, put five to six female cricketers in the team.” Regaining his composure after his outburst, he gives a proper explanation and some wise suggestion as well, “If you want to upgrade the women's game, there should be one IPL team, which would only comprise of females and see how it goes. Else one can also try to conduct a different IPL - only for women.”

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