ICC Women's World Cup 2017: Harmanpreet Kaur set for promotion at Western Railway job

PTI, Jul, 23 2017

Mumbai: Promotion and felicitations are on the cards for batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur, who hit a scintillating century to help India defeat Australia and enter the final of the ICC Women's World Cup.

The 28-year-old right-handed batter hit an unbeaten 171 off just 115 balls in the semi-final match to knock out the reigning champions from the tournament being played in England.

India's Harmanpreet Kaur plays a shot during the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 semifinal match against Australia. AP

Harmanpreet Kaur plays a shot during the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 semifinal match against Australia. AP

The Mumbai division of Western Railway (WR), which has employed her, said Harmanpreet has shown extraordinary talent, and therefore, it would recommend to the Railway Board to promote her.

"Certainly, we would recommend her name to the Railway Ministry for promotion. We will also felicitate her when she comes back home," said Ravinder Bhakar, chief PRO of WR, on Saturday.

Harmanpreet is currently employed as Chief Office Superintendent in Mumbai, he said.

"Whenever, our players show excellence or perform outstandingly in international events, we recommend their names for promotion," he said.

A senior official of Central Railway, Sunil Udasi, said the state-run transport undertaking takes a good care of its players and provides them proper training.

Udasi, who heads the committee that selects members of Railways' women cricket team, said the PSU has always promoted women.

"Railways women cricketers have always been in the forefront and the current national team is no exception. As many as 10 players from the current 15-member team taking part in the World Cup are from Railways.

"This is due to the robust domestic schedule and facilities such as 330 days special leave for dedicated training being provided by the Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB)," he told PTI.

Udasi, who is also chief PRO of Central Railway, said the RSPB has undertaken various initiatives to impart regular training to players and prepare them for international events.

Apart from Harmanpreet, members from the current national team like skipper Mithali Raj, Ekta Bisht, Punam Raut, Veda Krishnamurthy, Poonam Yadav, Sushma Devi, Mona Mesharm, Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Nuzhat Parween are from Railways, he said.

Published Date: Jul 23, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 23, 2017

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3 England 4097 105
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