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Team India makes it to the semis of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017; but where's the fan following?
During the last ICC Women's World Cup, the Indian women's cricket stood at the 7th spot out of the eight participating nations. But fortunately, thanks to the hard work put in by Mithali Raj and company, we have already qualified for the semi finals of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017. In a do-or-die match on Saturday, India decimated New Zealand by beating them by a whopping 186 runs.

But how many of us are following the Indian women's cricket team in the ongoing world cup being held at England & Wales?

It goes to the credit of Indian skipper Mithali Raj, who became the highest run getter in women's cricket in the ongoing world cup and fortunately the media highlighted her achievements. However, the overall situation has been dismal.

Let us face the ground realities by looking into the reasons as to why women's cricket in India has failed to pick up.

1) While there is no prominent coach for the Indian women's cricket team, all the prominent newspapers, TV channels, radio channels and sports writeups are occupied in giving extensive coverage to Ravi Shastri's becoming the head coach of the men's national cricket team. What a discrimination!

2) Despite having talent and putting in hard work, Indian women cricketers get very few matches to play. The away tours are almost negligible. Mithali Raj, who had started playing at the age of 16 has so far played only 10 Test matches. This reflects how much importance is being given to women's cricket by the BCCI. Unless the BCCI organizes more T20s, ODIs and Tests to them, how will they improve their skills?

3) The contract fee/allowances of even the best women cricketers are negligible in comparison to their male counterparts.

4) There is nothing like IPL for women cricketers where they can earn a few bucks and display their talent. The BCCI also does not organize tournaments like the Champions Trophy for women cricketers.

5) There are hardly any endorsements available for women cricketers.

6) Even the social media chooses to ignore the good work of women cricketers.

7) No benefit matches are organised when a women cricketer retires.

8) Even after retirement there are very few opportunities available for women cricketers to pursue commentary or coaching in comparison to male cricketers.

Let us hope that institutions like Women Welfare Board, the media and other organisations claiming to be working for the upliftment of women folk will take up this matter and force the BCCI to immediately take necessary steps to give due recognition to the talented women cricketers of India.

Meanwhile, let's also hope that the honorable ministers take notice of the situation and the needful is done before it's too late.

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