The Maharashtra Premier League tournament organized by the Maharashtra Cricket Association started with a bang. More than 28000 spectators attended the Puneri Bappa vs Kolhapur Tuskers match. A special feature of this tournament is that East Indian women cricketers were felicitated in the opening ceremony. Women’s cricket and its history has been overshadowed since we have all the appeal, glamour, stardom and consequent TRPs of men’s cricket. But the MCA honored the first Maharashtra women’s cricket team by highlighting the history of women’s cricket.
At that time women playing cricket was basically a revolutionary thing. Today, the Indian women’s cricket team’s high performance graph, the popularity it receives from the audience, the encouragement given to women cricketers by the BCCI, TV broadcasters are now also taking women’s cricket seriously. But Indian women’s cricket did not always have good days. Indian women’s cricket has traveled through very tough times. Today, he has created a distinct identity by clearing all the obstacles in his way.
“We are overwhelmed to witness the tough journey of women’s cricket and to be felicitated in the Maharashtra Premier League. At this moment, 50 years ago stood before our eyes. We are honored by Maharashtra Cricket Association and its President Shri. We are 100% thankful to Rohit Rajendra Pawar”, said former Indian women’s player Nilima Barve-Joglekar.
Kalpana philanthropist Tapikar, who was a part of the same former Indian women’s team, said, “Maharashtra Cricket Association and its president Rohit Pawar have taken an ambitious decision to host the MPL. Due to this tournament, many new talented players from Maharashtra will come forward. In the MPL this season, women will be playing three exhibition matches along with men. And the MPL will also see women’s teams next season, which is very promising for women’s cricket. Women’s cricket took root and survived because women continued to play cricket during tough times when there was a lack of facilities. But it is certainly satisfying to see that the golden age of Indian women’s cricket has arrived today.”
The women players who were honored included Shama Lunkad, Nilima Barve-Joglekar, Kalpana Paropkari-Tapikar, Rajeshwari Diwadkar, Madhuri Nikam-Savant, Vijaya Pawar-Patil, Ujwala Nikam-Pawar.
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