Highlights! July 2021 – Lessons from Equal Hue symposium

Highlights!, the monthly newsletter from the Sports Law & Policy Centre, brings to you the latest developments from the Equal Hue Project and recent law and policy updates on women’s sport.

In this piece for The Scroll, Zenia D’Cunha highlights the points discussed during the panel discussion on ‘Pathways for Women’s Cricket’ at the SLPC Symposium 2021. The panel featured the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) two former General Managers of Game Development, Mr. Ratnakar Shetty and Mr. Saba Karim, Indian cricketer Ms. Sushma Verma, retired pacer-turned-journalist Ms. Snehal Pradhan, among others. The discussion provided insider perspectives on why Indian women’s cricket may be lagging administratively and what the BCCI and state associations can do to further develop women’s cricket in India. 


Sharda Ugra’s piece for the Economic Times sheds light on the treatment of female cricket players by illustrating instances of gender disparity within the sport in India on issues ranging from lack of opportunities to playing time and tournament calendars. She highlights that the Equal Hue Report features the views of 350 current Indian women cricketers regarding such aspects.


In her piece for iNews, Katherine Lucas writes about the Hundred league, and why it promises a level of publicity that the women’s game has never seen before, after years of playing catch-up with the men’s game. Ms. Lucas states that while the erstwhile Kia Super League was always a semi-professional league with little enticement, the participation of world-class professionals in the Hundred makes it an appealing investment for sponsors from all over the world. She believes that the Hundred is a step in the right direction toward ensuring that women’s sports receive the recognition and equality they deserve.


In this piece for Telegraph, Tim Wigmore highlights how the men’s game has often taken inspiration from the strides made in the women’s game. From the former England Women’s cricket team captain, Rachael Heyhoe Flint, coming up with the concept of a World Cup, to the T20 format’s potential being recognized at an international level, the women’s game has made significant contributions to the development of cricket. 

Read the full July 2021 issue of Highlights! here.

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