Women's cricket needs innovation to boost its popularity: Rodrigues, Devine

back icon
safari
11 Jun 2020 | 06:11 AM
authorPTI

Women's cricket needs innovation to boost its popularity: Rodrigues, Devine

Shorter pitches, smaller balls and super-subs (substitutes) were among the topics discussed by the duo

heart

Share

India batswoman Jemimah Rodrigues and New Zealand captain Sophie Devine believe that innovations like the use of shorter pitches and smaller balls can be tried out to boost popularity of women's cricket.

Shorter pitches, smaller balls and super-subs (substitutes) were among the topics discussed by Rodrigues and Devine during a one-hour 100% Innovations session moderated by former Australia cricketer and leading commentator Mel Jones.

Devine, who was the top run-getter for New Zealand at this year's ICC Women's T20 World Cup, feels introduction of a smaller ball could change the dynamics of the women's game.

"I think if we are stuck with traditional formats, we'd be missing out on a lot of new players, new kids to the game. So, I think it's really an exciting idea to say that we might be able to encourage people along that make it tailored towards the female side of things," she said.

"It's always good to have a little trial and error and see what works. I'm probably a big fan of looking at a smaller ball, but keeping the pitch the same size, where I think pacers are going to be able to bowl quicker, spinners are going be able to turn the ball more.

"Hopefully, the ball should fly a bit further as well whereas still keeping the traditional length of the pitch," the Kiwi added.

Rodrigues, who also played for India in the T20 World Cup, was open to the idea of a shorter pitch if it could get in more fans.

The Indian, however, feels women's cricket shouldn't be compared with the male's game.

"To be very honest, I would go with, you know, like let's not compare it (men's and women's cricket) that much. Because, you know, at the end, you have got to accept the fact that there are slight differences between the two," Rodrigues said.

"But, yeah, I mean, we can also be open to (a shorter pitch), try it out. If that is going to help the game improve and take it to the next level, then why not?

"You know, kind of get a thought to it, think about it, because at the end of it, we want to promote the game. We want to get more people to watch the game and more people to even join the game. So, yeah, I think it is a good idea. I think, you know, you can be open to it," she added.

During the session, both players also discussed the importance of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games for women's cricket.

Rodrigues said she had always dreamt of winning a medal at a multi-discipline event while Devine indicated that just being at the games village would be a wonderful experience.

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
India WomenNew Zealand WomenJemimah Ivan RodriguesSophie Frances Monique Devine

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Zampa and Gardner commit to Birmingham for The Hundred
Zampa had already been signed up by the Phoenix in a televised draft and the leg-spinner is now set to honour that commitment by playing for the Phoenix in 2021, with Gardner joining the franchise women's team
userAFP
03 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
South Africa edition of Women's T20 World Cup postponed
The mega event has been scheduled to February 2023 from November 22 to avoid a cluster a big-ticket events in 2022
userPTI
20 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
BCCI thinking of women's cricket, just needs to be more specific in communication: Anjum Chopra
Speaking to PTI, Chopra, who is now a successful broadcaster, said the BCCI is thinking in earnest about the progress of women's cricket
userPTI
04 Aug 2020
safari
NEWS
Shikha urges ICC not to tinker with rules to attract more audience towards women's cricket
The India pacer finds suggestions such as use of smaller balls and shorter pitches "superfluous
userPTI
28 Jun 2020
safari
INTERVIEW
I have loved kind of the challenges evolving as a player: Ellyse Perry
The world's premier allrounder in the women's game shares her thoughts on a number of issues in this detailed interview
userCricket.com staff
19 Jun 2020
safari
NEWS
Williamson wins men's ODI player of the year award from NZC
Williamson had a hugely successful year, both individually and with the New Zealand team, which he led to the World Cup final
userPTI
30 Apr 2020
safari
NEWS
Heather Knight concerned for women's sport post-virus
There are concerns that cash-strapped governing bodies, desperate to regain lost income, will prioritise money-spinning men's events over generally less lucrative women's fixtures when live action resumes
userAFP
27 Apr 2020
safari
INTERVIEW
Need to get better at handling pressure in knockout games as a team: Mandhana
The left-hander opens up about India's T20 World Cup campaign, Shafali Verma and much more
userHardik Worah
19 Apr 2020
safari
NEWS
India, Australia most impressive teams in Women's T20 World Cup: Brett Lee
Lee said he has been pleasantly surprised by the growth of women's cricket the world over
userPTI
19 Feb 2020
safari
NEWS
Christchurch to host 2021 Women's World Cup final
The 50-over tournament which will run from February 6 to March 7 will be played across six cities
userPTI
23 Jan 2020
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved