Women's cricket does not bring with it the excitement generated in the mens event, yet we cannot ignore it. Women's cricket needs to be nurtured and made more spectator friendly. How can we do that ? One method is to let women play as women and not as men, with mens attire and clothes like pant and shirt. Perhaps a more revealing dress that brings out the attributes of woman would go a long way in making the game more popular.
The T20 world cup is just over. India put in a dismal show and had the mortification of being beatenby the Pakistan women's team. The final was between England and Australia and played in Colombo. Australia won the match and thus successfully defended their title which they had won in 2010.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat. the wicket was easy paced and teh Aussie girls in 20 overs reached 142/4. this was a good score and built on an opening stand of 51 between Meg lanning and Alyssa. The batsmen who followed carried on the good work with the beautiful Jesss cameron hitting 45. the english bowling was just about adequate and
England now commenced the run chase needing 143 to win and become the world champions. unfortunately despite a dropped catch by Austrian girls teh english could muster only 138/9 and thus fell short by 5 runs from victory. It was a case of being so near and yet so far as a boundry would have put the British girls on par with the Aussies. in fact the last batsman Hazell tried to hit a sx and seal the match, but she was given out caught.
The world cup for women is over, but the very little publicity and TV coverage had its effect. I am afraid something more will have to be done to popularize the game as far as womens cricket is concerned. the heartening news is that Pakistan women froma muslim country came and played and even beat India !
Women cricket adminstrators will have to think out of their hats to popularize the game. May be a good spectacle is required with women playing in hot pants. That should bring the crowds in.