Women’s cricket is finally getting the attention and importance it deserves. While there is still a long way to go, the International Cricket Council (ICC), various cricket boards, and other governing boards are putting in more time, effort, and money to ensure that women cricketers can work on their skill and women’s cricket gets promoted and developed.
A few days ago, Indian star cricketer, Jhulan Goswami had tweeted about the separate training facility which had been started by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for women cricketers in Bengal. Now, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has established a dedicated Women’s High- Performance Centre with the aim of lifting the women’s game to reach greater heights. This new center was established at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium following an MoU signed with the Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club.
The MoU, which came into effect on 1st January 2021, states that the P. Sara Oval Ground, side wickets, indoor nets, gymnasium, swimming pool, and dormitory facilities of Tamil Union will be used to develop women’s cricket. Cricketers who are representing the Emerging and National teams have already started training at this new facility.
Shammi Silva, the President of SLC said, “We will use this Women’s High-Performance Centre to lift the Women’s game of Sri Lanka to World-Class Status.”
Ashley de Silva, the CEO of SLC echoed the President’s statement, “A dedicated High-Performance Centre is a must to enhance our game to be on par with International Women’s Cricket, and this facility will take our Women’s game to new heights within a short period of time.”
The introduction of the new facility means physical training and skill training hours per player has increased tremendously, which augurs well for the future of Women’s cricket,’’ said Manuja Kariyapperuma, Consultant, Operations and Development of Women’s Cricket of SLC.
International cricket is tough and in order to keep up with the changing pace of the game, cricketers need to be at the top of their game every single day. For Sri Lanka, with many important series and world tournaments coming up, this High- Performance Centre is sure to help the cricketers to develop their game, hone their skill, and be better prepared for tough competitions.
Source – Ceylon Today