Urooj Mumtaz: ‘Extremely unlucky to see Pakistan gamers lacking out on WPL’

Players from seven completely different nations secured contracts on the inaugural Women’s Premier League public sale on Monday, a doubtlessly game-changing second for girls’s cricket. One nation that was not within the operating will miss out on this second, nonetheless: Pakistan’s cricketers have been by no means in with an opportunity to get within the league, absent from the public sale checklist altogether. As gamers resembling Ashleigh Gardner, Beth Mooney and Nat Sciver-Brunt replicate and have a good time on a life-changing day, there was additionally recognition of Pakistan’s cricketers being disadvantaged of comparable alternatives.
“It is extremely unfortunate to see Pakistan players missing out,” Urooj Mumtaz, the previous Pakistan captain and commentator, instructed ESPNcricinfo. “Every opportunity must be fair and inclusive, and all opportunities are steps towards collectively raising the standard of the women’s game and globally growing the sport. Most importantly, they bridge the gap in quality between cricketing nations.”

Pakistan’s cricketers have been as a result of be participating in their very own model of the PSL, the lads’s model of which started on Monday. This season was initially scheduled to concurrently host a primary ladies’s T20 league however that plan was shelved after a change in administration in December that noticed Najam Sethi take over from Ramiz Raja because the board’s head. That league has now been postponed to September on the earliest.

Outside of Pakistan, the response to Pakistan’s absence has been pretty muted, with broadcaster Alison Mitchell being essentially the most outstanding essential voice highlighting the dearth of “an equal opportunity”, and expressing issues concerning the monetary gulf it could open up between Pakistan’s feminine cricketers and the remaining.

“Equality is only equality when all players have an equal opportunity to enter an auction,” Mitchell tweeted. “Feel for how much these figures will grow the gap between Pakistan players and the rest. No Pakistan players in WPL Auction as per IPL.”

Mumtaz stated she “100% echoed” the view, as did one other former Pakistan captain, Sana Mir.

Their successor, the incumbent Bismah Maroof, was additionally requested concerning the WPL public sale, quickly after an opening-game loss to India within the ongoing Women’s T20 World Cup. Pakistan battled exhausting and have been within the recreation until across the fifteenth over of India’s chase, earlier than Jemimah Rodrigues and Richa Ghosh took India house. That the Indian pair have been the fifth and eighth costliest buys on the public sale solely serves to stress the hole. Maroof stated Pakistan’s gamers would “love to play” in any league that supplied them the chance.

“We, as Pakistan, don’t get many opportunities to play in the leagues and that’s very unfortunate,” she stated. “Definitely, we would love to play and we want every opportunity we can get in the leagues. But yeah, it is what it is and we can’t control that.”

Pakistan’s whole absence from the WPL aligns with their male counterparts’ absence from the IPL. Aside from the inaugural season in 2008, which passed off throughout a short political detente between India and Pakistan, no participant representing Pakistan has taken half within the IPL. Azhar Mahmood performed in 2012, 2013 and 2015, however by then he held a UK passport, and had registered himself for the league as a British citizen.

Source web site: www.espncricinfo.com

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