Sport around the globe has been left in limbo by COVID-19 and now there are issues that cash-strapped governing our bodies, determined to regain misplaced earnings, will prioritise money-spinning males’s occasions over usually much less profitable ladies’s fixtures when reside motion resumes.
Asked if she feared ladies’s cricket would possibly now be much less of a priority within the present local weather, Knight instructed Britain’s Press Association: “That’s the fear in ladies’s sport throughout the board, not simply in cricket. We’ve clearly acquired to just accept that essentially the most commercially viable components of the sport shall be given precedence.
“But we’re ensuring that the ladies’s recreation will get an even bigger voice and we’re given the identical form of probability to get again enjoying as the lads are.”
Women’s cricket has made enormous strides in recent times, with greater than 86,000 spectators attending the Melbourne Cricket Ground to see Australia beat India within the Twenty20 World Cup ultimate in March — a match that passed off shortly earlier than sport was delivered to a standstill by the virus.
“I’ve solely ever seen it like that for a Test match, that was fairly cool figuring out it was for a ladies’s recreation,” said Knight. “I simply hope it was not only a one-off occasion and that help continues and the folks that got here to look at and loved will proceed to take action, not simply in Australia however everywhere.”
But with the beginning of the English cricket season put again till July 1, doubts stay over England ladies’s restricted overs matches at residence to India, initially scheduled for June.
England and Wales Cricket Board chief govt Tom Harrison refused to say Friday that if males’s worldwide cricket was given the go-ahead on well being and security grounds later within the season that girls’s matches can be performed as effectively.
However, he did say the ECB have been working “very carefully” with their Indian counterparts to reschedule the series. “We are going to, in fact, do every little thing we are able to to get ladies’s cricket on,” Harrison insisted. “It’s no much less essential than the lads’s recreation.”
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