Former India cricketer, Aakash Chopra is unimpressed and looking for answers as Cricket Australia on Thursday (December 31) postponed the 3-match women’s ODI home series against India. The women’s matches, originally slated for January 2021, has been postponed to next season.
This decision from the CA comes in wake of the sudden outbreak of the covid-19 virus in Australia. Apart from the earlier scheduled 3 one-dayers, 3 T20Is are added in the series which is moved to next season and will serve both sides in the build-up for the World Cup 2022 to be held in New Zealand in March and April.
The postponement of the series against Australia means the Indian women’s team will have to wait longer to take the field again. Harmanpreet Kaur’s side last played an international match in the final of the T20 World Cup in March 2020 at the MCG. India lost the final to Meg Lanning’s Australia. India Women last played an ODI match in November 2019.
The Women’s ODI World Cup was to be held in New Zealand early in 2021 but has been delayed by more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic along with most of the women’s matches. In the pandemic era, only the Women’s Big Bash League, Women’s T20 Challenge in the UAE, and West Indies’ tour to England have taken place. On the other hand, Men’s cricket has resumed in full flow.
Aakash Chopra invokes gender inequality
Aakash Chopra takes to Twitter to seek justification after India’s tour of Australia got postponed. He points out that the men’s team is currently playing a full-fledged tour while the women’s matches are put off.
Chopra boldly asks if the fans feel that this is a case of gender inequality as the female team hasn’t made their return to international cricket while at the same time, the men’s side is on a 2-month tour to Australia- with crowds allowed in the stadium.
“How does one justify this? Men’s cricket is happening right now but women can’t play. Gender equality, anyone?” tweets Aakash Chopra.
How does one justify this? Men’s cricket is happening right now but women can’t play. Gender equality, anyone? pic.twitter.com/78e3Fey1Ht
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 31, 2020