Mumbai: The captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, Mithali Raj, believes that the women’s cricket in the country is ready to make a comeback, despite admitting that there is a great disparity between international and national cricket in India .
Mithali, who returned to India with the rest of her team on Tuesday, addressed the media in Mumbai on Wednesday after the blue women surprised everyone with her run to the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, in England.
“We have the internal structure, and even BCCI has achieved the U-16 level because that is the basic level from which girls can get to play at the highest levels,” Mithali said when asked about the State of the Cricket Women in India, where the domestic season lasts only two months.
“I myself have played under 16 and under 19. I think they (BCCI) are coming with the sub-23 as well, so there are changes in the internal structure to develop quality players,” he said.
The captain of India admitted that there is a great disparity between the international cricket and the national cricket in India. She said: “Of course there is a huge gap between the national and international standard.”
However, he believes that steps are being taken to close this “gap”.
“But that will close with the facilities that players now have access to from their state associations. It’s just a matter of playing more games and giving them more opportunities,” Mithali said.
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