Anjum Chopra Expresses Surprise Over Omission of Women’s Cricket Legends in WPL Committee
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) unveiled the committee members entrusted with steering the Women’s Premier League (WPL) to new heights. Headed by BCCI President Roger Binny, the committee includes prominent figures such as BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, Arun Dhumal (IPL chairperson), Rajeev Shukla (BCCI vice-president), Ashish Shelar (BCCI treasurer), Devajit Saikia (BCCI joint secretary), Madhumati Lele, and Prabhtej Bhatia. However, the notable absence of female cricket legends, Diana Edulji and Shantha Rangaswamy, has raised eyebrows.
Anjum Chopra, former India captain, expressed surprise and emphasized the importance of inclusivity in the Women’s Premier League committee. Chopra noted that while the individuals selected are undoubtedly capable, a more inclusive approach, especially in a Women’s Premier League, would have been preferable.
Diana Edulji played a pivotal role in organizing the one-off Women’s T20 Challenger back in 2018 and contributed significantly to the establishment of the WPL in 2023. The omission of such influential figures from the WPL administration has sparked discussion and raised questions about the selection process.
The WPL Auction is scheduled for December 9 in Mumbai, featuring 165 players. The surprise exclusion of renowned women’s cricket personalities from the committee has become a notable point of discussion as the league progresses.
The decision to overlook female cricket legends in the WPL Committee has fueled discussions about the need for greater representation and inclusivity in the administration of women’s cricket, especially in premier leagues like the WPL. The impact of this omission on the league’s overall dynamics and direction remains a subject of interest within the cricketing community.
Repurposed article originally published in India.com