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CAB promises to focus on Women's cricket

7th September 2017
The Cricket Association of Bengal has decided to take proactive steps to develop and harness Women's Cricket in the state.
The initiatives include formation of a Task force with a motive to strengthen the base of the women's cricket, inclusion of women's wing in the vision camps, bringing all the state women cricketers under medical insurance scheme and starting a local tournament for 7-10 days window amongst others.
These decisions were taken in a meeting involving ace pacer Jhulan Goswami and CAB officials including Honorary Joint Secretary Avishek Dalmiya and Vice-President Shankar Nath Bagchi that lasted for nearly an hour at Eden Gardens yesterday.
"It was a very positive meeting with Ms. Goswami. We are much thankful to her for coming forward and offering her suggestions which we believe would be much helpful for taking women's cricket forward in the state", said Avishek
"The primary job of the Task Force would be to chalk out plans that are practical and can be implemented from the upcoming season itself. Also, it would meet periodically to take stock of the situation and suggest modifications to plans as and when required, " added Avishek.
It was Jhulan Goswami who had offered suggestions to the then Jagmohan Dalmiya - Anurag Thakur regime in 2015 for Development of Women's cricket in the Country and those included starting an additional tournament for under 16, entering into Player's contracts, etc. The BCCI had then showed a lot of seriousness by not only implementing those but also a series of other initiatives like more foreign tours and other matches
Letters were also today sent out to 18 women cricketers from the State who have represented the country informing them that they would be given Honorary Membership of the Association. The list includes several current Bengal cricketers playing for the country such as Jhulan Goswami, Priyanka Roy, etc.
"It is a honour and privilege for the Association to offer them Honorary Membership considering their immense contribution to the game at the highest levels", said Avishek Dalmiya.
It is also noteworthy to mention that during the previous Annual Awards Ceremony of The Cricket Association of Bengal held last month, Hon'ble Chief Minister of West Bengal had urged The Cricket Association of Bengal to focus on Women's cricket.
"Yes, she had expressed her desire that some more emphasis should be given by the association to Women's Cricket. It is a welcome suggestion and the Association would try to do its bit for growth of the game in the state", concluded Avishek.

Arindam Basu