ICC Women's World Cup 2017: Waqar Younis faces flak for suggesting that matches be reduced to 30 overs

FP Sports, Jul, 02 2017

Former Pakistan head coach and captain Waqar Younis sent Twitter into an angry meltdown on Friday after suggesting that games in the ongoing Women’s World Cup should be reduced to 30 overs from the current 50-over format. The former pacer's tweet caused a stir among cricket enthusiasts, especially when some of the users considered his opinion as 'discriminatory' towards women's cricket.

“@ICC What abt having 30 overs Cricket World Cup 4 Women???Like Tennis 3 sets rather than 5 #Suggestion I feel 50 overs r few 20many #WWCUP17,” he had tweeted on Thursday.

Meanwhile, some users seemed to agree with Waqar’s suggestion and even contended that the 50-overs women’s cricket was 'too boring to watch'.

However, Waqar himself seemed to change his tune after facing a backlash. He quickly took to Twitter to clarify that his suggestion in no way meant any discrimination or prejudicial towards women. “Lesser overs mean faster pace,, more audience,,competitive Cricket,, no discrimination or prejudice toward Women #AlwaysRespectWomen #WWCUP17,” he posted.

The Women's World Cup has seen a few sexist controversies, with India skipper Mithali Raj most famously being asked by a journalist who her favourite male cricketer was. To this, Raj shot back saying: "Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is?"

Meanwhile, Pakistan have struggled so far in the ongoing tournament after losing to South Africa and hosts England. The final is scheduled to be held at Lord’s on 23 July.

Published Date: Jul 02, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 02, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115