Former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop spoke about the development of women’s game and he said that it is the right time for the people to take the game forward.
He also added that the boards are trying and things are difficult right now due to coronavirus pandemic. However, the game needs to get going somewhere, he said.
“So now it’s time to get on the bicycle and start putting things in place because I don’t know the women’s game can continue to be as inactive as it has been. We must now look to drive it forward, even if it’s for bilateral tours, because we know that now we can do it safely.
“I hope that administrators would put as much focus and resources now into the women’s game and I know a lot of people are trying. I know the West Indies have been better, Australia are a shining example of how to do it, England have been good, New Zealand, etc… Pakistan are starting to pick up steam. So I hope that there is stress on the development.”
Bishop, who is a part of commentary team of the Test series between England and Pakistan, said that he wants to see more women’s game and the board must give whatever it takes to get things going.
“I want to see a Shafali Verma somewhere, a [Jemimah] Rodrigues coming through, a Smriti Mandhana, a Meg Lanning – more Meg Lannings. So, we have to infuse more resources – economically and otherwise – into the grassroots game, make sure that we get it going again. Give it whatever is needed,” he said.