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Women cricket

Blog By: Riya Rathore

Women’s cricket is the form of the team sport of cricket that is played by women. The first recorded match was in England on 26 July 1745. The ICC Women’s Rankings were launched on 1 October 2015 covering all three formats of women’s cricket. The ranking system gives equal weight to results of Test, ODI, and T20 matches. It was designed by statistician and ICC Cricket Committee member David Kendix and utilizes the same methodology as men’s cricket rankings. Each team scores points based on the results of their matches over the last 3−4 years − all matches played in the 12-24 months since the first of October before last, plus all the matches played in the 24 months before that, for which the matches played and points earned both count half.

Dual international Ellyse Perry hopes women cricketers will soon experience the excitement of playing in an Indian Premier League competition. Last year Cricket Australia announced increases to player salaries and tour payments, meaning Australia’s top cricketers can now earn up to $80,000 per year. And that could receive a handy top-up with Australian businessman Shaun Martyn proposing to launch a Women’s Twenty20 International Cricket League. While yet to be sanctioned by the International Cricket Council, players could earn a$42,000 in just 12 days. Perry, the face of women’s cricket in Australia, who has also represented the country in football, said she believed a Premier League competition would be a success because of the healthy state of the women’s game. “Cricket is like a religion over there,” she said. “I’m hopeful a women’s Premier League in India won’t be too far off.” A small slice of the subcontinent, Pakistan, will be coming to Brisbane and the Gold Coast soon. BETH Mooney has overcome a slow start to her Women’s Big Bash League campaign to be one Brisbane Heat’s best in recent weeks. She failed to reach double figures in four of her first five WBBL innings, but Mooney still boasts an average of 40.5 this tournament. India’s wicketkeeper Sushma Verma added another feather to her cap when the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) named after her a pavilion in its newly-opened cricket stadium ringed by lush green hills in her home district Shimla. No reason why a woman can’t coach men’ Tasmania coach Julia Price says women have the same opportunity as men in cricket coaching – and feels it’s ‘only a matter of time’ before a woman gets a top job.

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