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Women’s Cricket – Cricket as a sport is growing beyond the boundaries, the sport was popular for its men’s team but now the sport is coming into the limelight because of the women’s cricket team, the ongoing matches, and the recognition of women’s cricket in Asian games is giving it an edge to grow more. The popularity is also growing and has grown a lot from the beginning, with the 2020 World Cup final being the most-watched women’s cricket match since then the popularity has just grown.
Struggles faced by Women’s team:
The upcoming tournament of the Women’s Cricket World Cup is all set to happen in 2025. This started in the 17s but it took more than 2 centuries to get recognized and finally, women are being appreciated for their talent. The impact of this cricket is huge among the masses, watching them play has inspired many young girls to pursue their career as cricketers before it used to be like there was no scope and recognition but now everything has changed and it was not easy and it’s still not easy as women still suffer from lack of media coverage, lack of funding, lack of opportunities, gender biases and unequal pays.
After its historic entry into the finals in the T20 World Cup 2020, the team was led by Mithali Raj then captain, and the recent victory at the Asian games against Sri Lanka by the margin of 19 runs, has made the people and authorities divert their attention towards the women’s cricket team ensuring that the team will receive all the necessities to create an impact and make history.
This cricketing also lacked a role model but in India, Mithali Raj changed everything, she has been truly an ambassador of cricketer for all the young girls and passionate women who want to be cricketers, she faced a lot of struggles in the male-dominant sport, from ignorance to no appreciation to it’s recognition the road wasn’t an easy one. Recently BBCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) announced equal prize money for both teams finishing in the same position, this was not only a breakthrough in women’s cricket but a breakthrough in women’s sport.
Growth of women’s cricket:
Women’s cricket has taken flight in the countries that have hosted tournaments, countries like India, Pakistan, and New Zealand are growing in Women’s cricket, also Australia has won the most World Cups, making history and mostly their name. Last year when the IIC (International Cricket Council) confirmed that India would be hosting the women’s World Cup as well it boosted Indian women’s cricket, the aspiring cricketers in India and also can be considered one of the biggest economic successes for India, this will be beneficial even for the tourism of India, as the matches will take foreign players and spectators all around the wonderful cities of India.
Bangladesh is slated to host the 2024 T20 World Cup, followed by England for the 2027 tournament and Sri Lanka for the 2027 Champions Trophy, which will be exciting news for cricket fans globally. These announcements represent important turning points for both the men’s and women’s games of cricket, where opportunities and support are expanding to new heights. Declaring tournament dates and hosts serves as further evidence of women’s cricket’s expanding relevance in the world of cricket. This improvement is especially noticeable in nations like India, Pakistan, and New Zealand, where women’s cricket is gaining popularity quickly. With its excellent record of Women’s World Cup triumphs, Australia is a shining example of the development and success of the sport.
Notably, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) choice to give India the privilege to host the women’s World Cup has given Indian women’s cricket a new lease on life. In addition to igniting the aspirations of aspiring cricketers, this action has the potential to boost India’s economy. Hosting international games is expected to increase tourism and encourage visitors from other countries to visit India’s vivacious cities and watch the games. These host announcements have the potential to launch women’s cricket onto a global platform, boosting its reputation, presenting unmatched opportunities, and setting the groundwork for a more promising future for women’s teams around the world. The interplay between men’s and women’s cricket indicates a dynamic future for the game.