Sunday, January 28, 2007

The expansion and recognition of women's cricket

This weekend women in Bangladesh will compete for the first time in a nationally-sponsored cricket tournament.
I know nothing about cricket but I know this is good news because cricket is huge in Asia. A friend reported that people take days off of work during cricket tournaments and spend all day watching matches. Nationalism also reaches high levels during these times which can lead to violence, but I still say it's good news for women cricketers worldwide that another country has decided to sponsor a national team. (The team will be chosen from participants in this weekend's tournament.)
Another friend of mine from Sri Lanka told me recently that women's cricket gets very little support. The emergence of another team in the international arena will hopefully garner support for teams that currently exist and raise the profile of the sport.

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