More matches will do good for women’s cricket: Punam, Harmanpreet

Punam who was one of the star players of the World Cup is confident that BCCI’s new initiatives will see women’s cricket take big strides in the country.

India cricketers Harmanpreet Kaur and Punam Raut along with local MP Poonam Mahajan having a gala time with the trainees of the academy.   -  Special Arrangement

The Punam Raut Cricket Academy was unveiled at the Poinsur Gymkhana, Kandivali West in the presence of the India opener’s teammate, Harmanpreet Kaur. Most of India’s women cricketers have been busy travelling around the country after their fine display in the ICC Women’s World Cup in England, but the cricketing authorities in the Mumbai suburbs have trained their attention on ameliorating women’s cricket by setting up an academy and appealing to the girls to take up the sport.

The BCCI has also been doing its bit by introducing new tournaments across age groups. "Earlier there were not many domestic matches for women, but this year the BCCI is working on it and we will get good quality and more number of matches," said Harmanpreet, who scored an unbeaten 171 against Australia in the semifinal of the World Cup.
 

Punam who was one of the star players of the World Cup is confident that BCCI’s new initiatives will see women’s cricket take big strides. "The India `A’ team idea is good. More girls will start playing the sport now. We get to play less number of series. But more matches will give opportunities,’’ she said.

The local Member of Parliament, Poonam Mahajan, was the chief guest and the two MCA Jt. Honorary Secretaries - Dr. P. V. Shetty and Dr. Unmesh Khanwilker - were also present at the academy launch.