Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board has talked about the formulation of Pakistan women’s cricket since girls in green have been failing to dominate in the ongoing Women’s World Cup 2021. In four matches battled so far, Bismah Maroof and co have not been succeeded once which is alarming for their fate. However, the PCB chairman has defended his women calling the lack of opportunities and cultural factors the hurdles in their ways.
Raja, a few days back, announced launching the Women’s Pakistan Super League (PSL Women) from 2023, which somehow will contribute to boosting, providing extra platforms and opportunities to build up raw skills. He stated women’s cricket need more investment and applauded PCB’s decision to launch Women PSL, and become the first Asian board initiating the T20 tournament for women. Raja finds it a huge success in tossing it even before India. However, it will not be an easy task with limited participants available.
The chairman stated one cannot expect girls in green to beat Australia without enough practice. He stated, “We want to regularise the women’s cricket calendar. The more they play the better they’ll be. Ramiz said. You can’t just go into hibernation and then expect them to beat Australia. It’s not going to happen. We have our limitations and cultural issues, and to get out of that we have to fix their calendar. They need to play first-class-style three-day matches. Then look at the selection and U19 structure.“
“We want to sign up young girls and develop them. Right now, the excitement is we might launch a T20 league before India, and the world can’t believe that because there’s a particular perception around Pakistan that needs to be broken.”
“In January-February, we’re thinking of the women’s PSL. There’s a lot of traction and a lot of takers for it. Pak women’s cricket needs to improve a lot, and that will only happen when we give them an environment where they can make money and share the dugout with world-class players. We are also thinking of making first-class women’s teams and attaching them with provincial teams. They don’t play much cricket and operate on a trial-and-error basis.”