It would be fair to say that the foundation for a mild transition has been laid. The Women's Cricket Association of India (WCAI) was starved of sponsorships and barely had enough in its kitty to hire quality grounds for matches. So much so that it had to take recourse in Mumbai's Azad Maidan to organise national level tournaments.
"The merger was inevitable," says Diana Eduljee, a doyen of women's cricketers in the 70s. "First, our girls will enjoy prolonged exposure to top cricket. They can now avail of facilities offered by the State Associations. Primary concerns such as advanced infrastructure and superior playing facilities have been addressed. Their match fees are now comparable with that in men's junior cricket and under-19 levels (Rs 2,500 per match day)."
She adds with a chuckle, " Some of our players travel by air for domestic matches." A welcome change given that not too long ago they had to settle for ordinary sleeper class berths in trains.
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