Women’s T20 World Cup 2023: BCCI Do Everything For These Girls – Former India Skipper Diana Edulji Blames National Side For Sub-Par Performance

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Diana Edulji, former captain of India, has stated that the India under-19 team showed better fielding skills during their successful T20 World Cup campaign compared to the performance of the senior team in South Africa.

She also expressed concern that many players could face problems if the yo-yo fitness test becomes mandatory in women’s cricket. Edulji was appalled by India’s outfield display in the T20 World Cup semi-final in Cape Town, putting it down to poor fitness levels. she felt that Harman Preet Kaurthe team captain, was nonchalant as he attempted the second race, which ultimately resulted in a crucial breakaway.

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Edulji stressed that India’s poor fielding and running between wickets in the T20 World Cup was a direct result of poor fitness levels. He also pointed out that team captain Harmanpreet Kaur was not cautious enough when attempting the second race, which ultimately resulted in significant exhaustion.

With another T20 World Cup scheduled for September 2022, Edulji believes that the BCCI should appoint a permanent support staff for the women’s team instead of relying on ad hoc staff from the NCA.

Every time India lose a winning game, now it’s a habit: Diana Edulji

Edulji strongly criticized the physical state of the current squad, stating that the U-19 World Cup-winning team seemed to be in better shape. He expressed his disappointment at the repeated failures of the senior team and called for the BCCI to conduct comprehensive fitness assessments on the players.

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“You are definitely looking for a review. They need to improve their fitness, firstly their fielding, their sack running between the wickets. Unless you have leg strength, you won’t be able to run. BCCI needs to crack the whip to come out on top. You get everything from the BCCI, including equal play.”

“Every time you lose a winning game, it’s a habit. BCCI has to make a strong decision and not give in to the demands of the players. Have a suitable strategy for the future. We’ve had enough of this star culture. It’s not going to work like that.”

Edulji acknowledged that the yo-yo test, in particular, can be challenging for women, and predicted that a large number of players would fail, with only three out of 15 passing the test.

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