Mohali: Indian women’s cricket team, poor cousins of their male counterparts, is struggling to find the talents and former captain Anjum Chopra feels the only way out is to give more exposure to the young lot through competitive matches.
“It’s a huge concern, no doubt. Talents are not coming up,” Chopra told a news agency here on Saturday.
Chopra, who was present at the Stadium, where India is taking on Australia in the first Test, rued that they are not getting enough tournaments and this year too the country had featured in just two international events.
“We need to play more tournaments, our players should get more exposure, which will also create more competition within our group,” she said.
Asked what it would take to make India become a world champion, she said, “It will take a big effort.”
“We will need more infrastructural facilities, coaches and world class equipments to have better results,” added Chopra, who has over 100 international matches under the belt and has been the most successful captain for India.
Chopra is also coming out with a anecdotal book on the journey of women’s cricket by the end of this year and it will be published by Penguin.
She also said lack of funds for the upliftment of the game was a concern and hoped that the BCCI, which took the game over into its fold three years ago, would take note of the problem.
“We get Rs 2500 for a ODI and a flat Rs 1 lakh for an entire series, irrespective of the matches that we play in the series,” she said.
Chopra lamented that job opportunities for the women cricketers were also not enough and they had to struggle on this front as well.
“Since Railways is affiliated to the BCCI, we can only look towards it for the job. Corporate sector also does not come forward to offer jobs,” Chopra added.
She said BCCI was trying to bring overall improvements in the game, but still a lot remains to be done.
Chopra said that she takes tips from senior cricketers of the men’s team and passes them on to the budding cricketers to help them improve their performance.