Mithali: A-team will help players incorporate international standards

The India captain terms the new move by the BCCI to introduce an ‘A’ team for women a “good development.”

Mithali Raj... “We need to strengthen our second string and also build a team for next World Cup.”   -  R. Ragu

Ever since India’s women’s team reached the final of the World Cup, the question on every stakeholders’ lips seems to be: what lies ahead?

In such a time, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has agreed to introduce an ‘A’ team for the Indian women. And, India skipper Mithali Raj believes that fielding an ‘A’ team will them build a team for the next World Cup. “It is a good development. We need to strengthen our second string and also build a team for next World Cup,” Mithali, who was in Chennai to inaugurate a beauty salon on Sunday, told Sportstar.

The captain, who has always been vocal about the introduction of an ‘A’ team, also admits that the stint will help the youngsters get a fair idea about the international arena. “It is important to ensure that the girls who make their debut in international arena aren’t short of exposure when it comes to touring abroad,” she said.

Last week, Sportstar was the first publication to report about BCCI’s plan to introduce the ‘A’ team for the women cricketers. And now, drawing reference to the presence scenario where a newbie takes at least a few series to get a hang of things, Mithali says that this ‘A’ team will make the process easy. “When somebody debuts she takes at least a year or three-four series to get acclimatised to the international standards. But the India ‘A’ team will help us be sure that the girls who step in as debutants in the international series are well-versed with international standards,” Mithali said.

Their performance in the World Cup has made the women cricketers a household name now, and Mithali feels that this change in mindset will actually help women’s sporting scene in the days to come.