Shikha Pandey, India, Australia, Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Shikha Pandey (Image Credits: ESPN Cricinfo via AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

India women’s all-rounder Shikha Pandey expressed her disappointment at hearing suggestions of rule amendments in women’s cricket. While men’s cricket has exponentially grown over the years, the sport amongst the female counterparts has gone through meteoric rise as well. It may not be long before women’s cricket stand head and shoulders above men’s. The 2020 women’s World T20 was undeniably a significant landmark in the upsurge of women’s cricket.

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It was the most-watched ICC women’s T20 event in history, recording an audience of 89 million. The MCG recorded an audience of 86,174 during the live game. Shafali Verma, Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry, and Heather Knight are some of the flag-bearers of modern-day women’s cricket while Mithali Raj and Belinda Clark spearheaded the revolution.

Shikha Pandey, India, Australia, Women's T20 World Cup
Shikha Pandey, (Image Courtesy : The Indian Express via PTI Photo/Mitesh Bhuvad)

Meanwhile, after hearing suggestions like reducing the weight of the balls and length of the pitches, Shikha Pandey has hit back, saying these are superfluous. It is widely regarded that such recommendations are being made in place to make women’s cricket a more attractive product. Shikha Pandey took to Twitter and cited the example of olympics that female athletes don’t sprint to clock the same timing as their male counterparts.

“Growth can also be achieved by marketing the sport well” : Shikha Pandey

The all-rounder went on to urge the cricketing brains to market the sport potently while also contemplate to introduce technologies like DRS, Snicko, Hotspot, and live broadcast for every game contested in any part of the world.

Apart from that, the 31-year old called for mighty investements at grassroot levels and zero discrimination with respect to playing opportunities. Shikha also requesed women’s cricket not to be compared with males’ as one needs to see it as a different sport altogether.