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7 yrs on, K'taka women cricketers in league of own

BENGALURU: The past two months had been thrilling instances for ladies’s cricket within the state as the Karnataka State Cricket Association women’s cricket league was once reinstated after a seven-year hiatus. The league, which concluded on Monday, saw a file 16 membership groups and over 200 cricketers in motion. Among the players had been world cricketers Veda Krishnamurthy and VR Vanitha, who scored a double century.

The players had been drawn from across the state — Mysuru, Mangaluru, Belagavi, Bagalkot and Hubballi.

While Vanitha, representing Jawans Cricket Club, scored 206 (93b; 19x4; 12x6), some person ratings and staff totals point out the vast disparity in experience and expertise. Jolly Cricketers, for example, had been all out for 12 in 16.three overs towards Herons CC whilst Wilson Garden CC, who misplaced their league match towards BEL Colony Recreation Club by 292 runs, had been penalised 80 runs for slowover charge all the way through the 19 overs they bowled. The penalty, in keeping with one umpire, is a rarity and was once a result of the ball being sprayed across the flooring and 60 runs conceded as extras (no balls and wides).

Former Indian skipper Shantha Rangaswamy believes the strain should be on beginnings, reasonably than effects. “I’m satisfied the league happened. When you start one thing, high quality isn't at all times at its perfect. But that doesn’t imply you don’t begin. The league is a hallmark on what needs to be achieved. Depending on high quality of players, more than likely next yr they may be able to be divided into two divisions. We shouldn’t read too much into the scoreboard as it’s no longer much other in men’s cricket once they begin one thing new.”

Irfan Sait, the director, Karnataka Institute of Cricket, which was once the feeder gadget for five of 16 taking part groups, said, “We should keep on with the programme. In 1997, I began the ladies’s cricket programme with one beginner, former world Karuna Jain. Now, I've over 80 women cricketers who educate day-to-day. We must keep the religion. Thanks to the league, the women are actually more occupied with their recreation, skill, fitness and are working very exhausting. They now know they have got a platform.”

While the golf equipment had been all city-based, players had been drawn from across the state. The challenge for KSCA is sustaining their passion and enthusiasm.

Talking about KSCA’s plans to strengthen women’s cricket, secretary Sudhakar Rao said, “The scoreboards don’t at all times let you know the overall tale. The emphasis was once on getting more women to play competitive cricket and we accomplished that. A few years in the past, we had 20-30 ladies coming for age-group staff selections. Now, we've got over 200. To encourage them, we had to revive the league. Now, it’s about finding stability and we’ll reach out to players in mofussil areas and impart high quality coaching. Based at the league, we’re hanging a plan in position and that can be able in per week.”

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