Diana Edulji 'surprised' being named in BCCI panel; wants to focus on women's cricket, players' body

Edulji's focus will be on promotion of women's cricket and also the formation of a players' association, which she feels is a must for looking after cricketers' well-being.

PTI, January 30, 2017

New Delhi: Former Indian women's team captain Diana Edulji was "expecting" a role in revamped BCCI but is now gearing up for a "new challenge" after being named one of the four administrators by the Supreme Court.

Diana Edulji was appointed as one of the BCCI administrators by SC. Image source: Facebook

Diana Edulji was appointed as one of the BCCI administrators by SC. Image source: Facebook

Edulji's focus will be on promotion of women's cricket, a cause that she has championed over the years and also the formation of a players' association, which she feels is a must for looking after the well-being of the cricketers.

"I was asked by amicus curae Gopal Subramanium whether I would like to be a part and I had said "yes". I was expecting a role but I was surprised after being named in the administrators' panel. It is a huge responsibility given to me by the apex court and I will like to do justice," Edulji told PTI during an interaction on Monday.

She said that her domain will be much clearer when she gets terms of reference according to the reforms that are supposed to be carried out.

"I have not yet received my terms of reference in black and white. I have three esteemed colleagues in the four-member team. It will be our collective responsibility to take Indian cricket forward."

Asked about her experience in administration, Edulji said that managing various Railways teams over the years have given her experience, although BCCI is a bigger ball game.

"I have managed 40 Railways teams and that has given me some administrative experience. But definitely BCCI is huge body and the pressure will be entirely different. Obviously, the endeavour for each one of us is to take Indian cricket forward and that's what we will be looking at," the 61-year-old said.

One of the doyens of women's cricket in India, Edulji had played 20 Tests between 1976 and 1991 apart from 34 ODIs. She feels that one area would be to increase the number of Test matches for Mithali Raj and Co.

"I know most of the women's teams don't play Test cricket but England and Australia still play a lot of longer-format matches. If it means that India only plays these two countries, so be it, but Test matches for the women should increase. It's good that women have a graded payment system now but that also needs to be streamlined," Edulji said.

Another area of focus for Edulji will be the formation of a potent players' association that will enable the cricketers both male and female of all age groups under the aegis of BCCI to raise their concerns.

"If you go by the Lodha panel reforms, players' association is a must even in state bodies, whose apex council must have a male and a female players' representative. A robust players' association is also a must," said Edulji.

Updated Date: Jan 30, 2017







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