The Haryana Cricket Association has decided to build the a BCCI-funded women’s cricket academy in the state. The state-of-the-art academy will come up at Hodal in Palwal district.
According to this report, the Manohar Lal Khattar government will also be building a five star hotel for the comfortable stay of women cricketers.
BCCI president Anurag Thakur had reportedly approved of the funding for this project on May 22.
On June 2, the BCCI announced that it will allow women to participate in the Women’s Big Bash in Australia and Women’s Super League in England.
Thakur has also told reporters that the BCCI is planning to form a league along similar lines.
The principal secretary of the HCA and BCCI treasurer, Anirudh Chaudhari, has ordered the Faridabad Cricket Association to find land for the purpose of the women’s academy.
According to report, the HCA will spend around 50 lakh annually on the upkeep of the academy in which aspiring women cricketers from all over the country will come to play.
The academy will have a cricket ground for regular matches. Pitches will be of three types – grassy, hard and turf – for letting the women gain better practice on all kinds of wickets.
The academy will have a world class gym, swimming pool, and spa. Women physios will be hired for the cricketers.
It should be noted that this will not be India’s first women’s cricket academy but perhaps the most advanced one.
Also, Haryana is a state producing a very high number of sportspersons. Though gender-related issues have been plaguing the state, Haryana is taking steps to encourage women participation in sports.
Unlike their male counterparts, the Indian women cricketers are yet to win any world cup.