Reports saying BCCI biased towards women false, Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur clarify

After the BCCI was accused of gender bias towards the Indian National Women’s Team, India T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and Test and ODI skipper Mithali Raj have stated the allegations to be wrong and have cleared the air upon the matter.


Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur
Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur. PC: BCCL


Some dubious reports claimed that the BCCI had organized charter flights only for the men’s team for their arrival to Mumbai and blamed BCCI for biases towards the women’s team and its players. Both the teams are scheduled to fly to England on the same date for their respective stints.

The players need to gather in Mumbai and undergo a compulsory quarantine period of 2 weeks before they fly out to the UK. There were fictitious reports that claimed that the BCCI had arranged charter flights for the men and had done nothing in that regard for the women players and that they had to travel on their own.

To prove the reports wrong, Raj and Kaur took to their official Twitter handle and said that all the accusations were false. Here’s what they tweeted-

Harmanpreet Kaur- “The BCCI has organized Charter flights to ferry both men and women players to Mumbai before we leave for the UK. Considering the distance and individual convenience players have made their own choice.”

Mithali Raj- “Traveling is a challenge in the pandemic but it is reassuring to see elaborate messages by BCCI for our health and safety. A charter flight to Mumbai and UK and regular RT-PCR Tests at home. #LetsDoThis.”

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The BCCI has asked all the players to undergo the RT-PCR tests at home before they touchdown their quarantine center in Mumbai. The women players will be playing a one-off test match after a gap of 7 years from this format of the game, against England women. Their tour will further follow an ODI and a T20I series.

The last week has been a topsy-turvy one for the Indian women’s team and a lot of concerning issues have come to notice. The appointment of Ramesh Powar as the head coach sparked a lot of controversy in the media, then BCCI President in a statement was quoted saying that the board had been doing a lot for the women’s team claiming the allegations to be false.

Then former Australian player Lisa Sthalekar slammed the BCCI for their irresponsible behavior towards the women players, and former coach Tushar Arothe also accused the BCCI of biases and discrimination saying that there was a lot of politics inside the women’s team.

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Vaishnavi Iyer

I’m a Senior Masters student pursuing Journalism and Mass Communication. An all time Cricket enthusiast. I could never play the game but always loved watching it, and now writing about it!

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