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Pawar calls for a meeting to discuss women's cricket structure

cricket Updated: May 04, 2007 22:30 IST
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Sharad Pawar, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, has called a meeting to discuss women's cricket structure in New Delhi on Saturday.

And though the men's player contracts issue is likely to overshadow it, the meeting is likely to have a heated argument over the administrative structure of women's cricket.

The Women's Cricket Association of India (WCAI) had to be merged with the BCCI last year following an ICC directive. However, though the BCCI has formed a women's cricket committee, the WCAI still wants to play a key role in administering women's cricket.

HT had reported on Wednesday that the Delhi Women's Cricket Association officials had presented their case to BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla ahead of Saturday's meeting. And on Saturday, the Maharashtra Women's Cricket Association (MWCA) spoke about their desire to be actively involved in women's cricket.

"We want the wing to be existent," MWCA secretary Adv Narendra Nikam told HT on Friday. "We have been in charge of the state women's cricket for such a long time, so we deserve the opportunity.

"Let's wait for the meeting and hope for the best."

The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) also was inclined towards the existence of their wing.

"Following the Board's directive, we have given the women's cricket administrators two options," MCA president Ajay Shirke, who will attend Saturday's meeting in New Delhi, said.

"One, the women's cricket wing to be retained, with all the necessary technical and financial support from the MCA. And two, if we have to administer it, their win has to be dissolved first and then we can appoint our women's cricket committee."

With two associations backing their state women's associations, it would be interesting what stand Shubhangi Kulkarni, the erstwhile WCAI secretary and now the convener of the BCCI women's cricket committee, takes on Saturday.