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Cricket: Women’s game needs investment, not ‘dubious’ innovations – Pandey

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Women's cricket needs better marketing and investment to grow, and not "dubious" innovations like a shorter pitch or smaller boundaries, said India pace bowler Shikha Pandey on Twitter.

FILE PHOTO: Cricket – Women's Cricket World Cup Final – England vs India – London, Britain – July 23, 2017 India's Shikha Pandey Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

28 Jun 2020 03:30PM

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NEW DELHI: Women's cricket needs better marketing and investment to grow, and not "dubious" innovations like a shorter pitch or smaller boundaries, said India pace bowler Shikha Pandey on Twitter.

Her comments were a response to New Zealand captain Sophie Devine recommending a smaller ball and Pandey's India team mate Jemimah Rodrigues suggesting a shorter pitch to pack more action into women's cricket.

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Devine and Rodrigues spoke in an innovation webinar organised by the governing International Cricket Council earlier this month, but Pandey found most of their suggestions "superfluous".

"In Olympic 100m female sprinter doesn't run 80m to win first place medal … So the whole 'decreasing the length of the pitch' for whatever reasons seems dubious," the 31-year-old said in a series of tweets on Saturday.

Pandey saw some merit in using a smaller ball but said it must weigh the same because a lighter ball would be tougher to grip and travel more slowly.

She resented, though, the idea of having smaller boundaries to encourage power-hitting.

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