Hemalatha: ‘This is a good start for women's cricket’

Indian cricketer Dayalan Hemalatha expressed her delight at the Women’s One-day and T20 tournament to be organised by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), later this month.

Hemalatha was also included in the India A squad for the tour game against Australia.   -  FACEBOOK/HEMALATHA DAYALAN

Indian cricketer Dayalan Hemalatha expressed her delight at the Women’s One-day and T20 tournament to be organised by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), later this month.

The 23-year old Chennai girl, who received a call-up to the national team for the ODI series against England in March, said she was proud that her home state was promoting women’s cricket this way.

“I am really happy about the TNCA’s efforts to promote women’s cricket. Women’s cricket is getting more exposure slowly. It is a slow process, but I am happy that it is happening,” said the all-rounder who will be playing for the Yellow Challengers team in the tournament.

Each squad will have players from the U-16, U-19, U-23, senior team and the district level. “I’m looking forward to playing with players from different levels. I can learn a lot and maybe someone can learn from me as well,” said Hemalatha, who made her way through college cricket herself. “This is a good start for us. I hope they continue these efforts because women’s cricket needs all the support.”

Hemalatha was a part of the India A team which played against England and Australia in their tour matches in March. She is also a regular in the Tamil Nadu state team. She will be attending a national team camp later this month.