Four girls from the state have been selected to play for the Indian team at the Women’s Baseball World Cup, 2016, to be held in Gijang, South Korea, from September 3 to 11.
Amanjot Kaur Bains (27) from Ropar; Virpal (22) and Arshdeep Kaur (23) from Ludhiana and Raj Rani (23) were selected after their excellent performance in the Women’s Senior National Baseball Championship held in January this year.
All four players have a rural background and belong to the economically weaker sections.
This will be a maiden foreign visit for three of the four players. Amanjot, however, had participated in the LG Baseball Cup organised in South Korea in 2014.
“It is my second international tour but this time it is the world cup. It has been my dream to play in the World Cup,” she said.
Coach Harbir Singh Gill said in 2008, India qualified for the world cup in which there were four players from Punjab and team stood at sixth position. “India could not qualify for 2012 world cup. We are back with full strength and enthusiasm and will definitely try our best to win the cup,” he expressed.
STRUGGLING TO FIND SPONSORS
The four selected players are struggling to find sponsors and worry that to participate in the world cup they will have to pay the fees (Rs 80,000) from their own pocket.
Coach Harbir Singh Gill said if the players failed to pay the fees, they will not able to go for the tournament. In 2008, the had government supported the players by giving Rs 50,000 each.
“We appeal to the government and non-government organisations to come forward to help these players,” he urged.