Women's cricket now a sustainable sport: Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj (Source: Twitter)
Former Indian women's team skipper Mithali Raj has been one of the prime reasons why the sport has reached the young girls in the country.
Raj, a veteran of over 2350 runs was recently appointed as the mentor of the Women's Premier League side Gujarat Giants for the inaugural season where she joined hands with Rachel Haynes, who was appointed in the capacity of the head coach.
The side bought the likes of Ashleigh Gardner, Beth Mooney, Sophia Dunkley and Harleen Deol as they will look to impress in the season beginning on the 4th of March.
Moreover, with this being the first time that the auction in women's sports took place, the dynamics certainly played a major role in selection with many of the coaching staff still learning how it will pan out in future.
One of them is Raj, who mentioned that women's cricket will continue to grow as the finances required to run the sport will now start flowing in.
"When I came here, I was just soaking in the atmosphere of people coming in. I've not really seen how the auctions happen in the men's IPL, but it was like preparing for your exams. You have a syllabus but sometimes it can go out of the syllabus. I just wanted to be there and not get lost in the grandeur of this environment,"
"I'm just happy that it has come to a point where women's cricket now is a sustainable sport on its own for young girls in India. Not just in India, even club cricketers abroad in two-three years' time, maybe even they would probably want to be a part of a set-up like this."
Further, she explained how in the upcoming years, there would be many young foreign cricketers who might want to see themselves in the league.