Social Media has rendered many things easier. Among such things, slamming has become a day to day affair. Women World Cup 2017 is going on and the teams are fighting hard to prove their might. While, it is apparent that men’s and women’s game has a difference, there are supposedly no rooms to consider women cricket less than their men counterpart.
Lately, Waqar Younis tweeted a “suggestion” to reduce women ODI from 50 overs to 30 overs. The player, in fact, tweeted to ICC, “What about having 30 overs Cricket World Cup for Women? Like Tennis 3 sets rather than 5.” He also added, he feels 50 overs are few too many for women. It is not known if his suggestion has any impact on ICC, but it certainly had an impact on women cricketers. This is what it means speaking responsibly when one has a position. Seems Mr. Younis just dropped a clanger.
Jess Jonassen, the Aussie fast bowler took the dig on the ex-cricket stating the comment as “offensive” and “misguided.” Along with Jonassen, cricketers like Marizanne Kapp, Alyssa Healy and others too expressed their disapproval for the same. Jonassen said, the comment was “a little bit offensive.” She also asked, what T20 cricket meant for, if there is a need for 30 overs game. The player pointed out the occasion when Younis commented. It was after the day Australia faced Pakistan in the match that came with a massive score of 500 runs. The occasion was odd, because Younis commented after one of the highest scoring matches in women ODI.
Australia has won six world cups in women cricket establishing itself as the top women ODI team. It is has made women cricket more competitive than before. Per Josassen the format has gone to a new level with introduction of T20 franchise cricket for women. However, only a couple of countries are able to capitalize women cricket Australia being the foremost, followed by England, India and West Indies. While teams like Pakistan and Sri Lanka has been consistent, they are underperforming in global level.
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