i mean honestly i try so hard not to get suckered in by nike’s ad campaigns but i am so weak!!! every goddamn time!!! STOP IT cries my superego, YOU’VE READ NO LOGO, YOU KNOW HOW ADVERTISING WORKS. “fuk u” says my id, “it’s deepika padukone and the indian women’s cricket team.” really what chance did i ever have
honestly, if my game is rained off tomorrow, i will CRY
we were already defaulted to for today’s game, so the weather better not ruin the rest of my chance to play at the basin
also there have been college and other low level games there all week, and they’ve actually had the scoreboard set up and everything, so i am most definitely hoping to see my name up there, that would basically fulfil a lifelong dream
I noted two incidents that took place within a few days of each other, back in July, on different sides of the globe. One was a remark Chris Gayle made, ahead of a CPL match, in which he was asked at a press conference by a female journalist: “How does the pitch feel so far in terms of the training and the weather?” Gayle responded: “Well, I haven’t touched yours yet so I don’t know how it feels.” As a female cricket journalist, I know how humiliated I would feel if any cricketer refused to take my question seriously because I was a woman.
The second incident took place in Pakistan, the culmination of an ongoing series of events that began when, back in 2013, five young cricketers from the Multan Cricket Club in Pakistan alleged that they were facing sexual harassment. They stated that the club chairman and one of the club selectors had demanded sexual favours in return for a place on the team. The incident was investigated, but seemingly half-heartedly, with a two-member Pakistan Cricket Board inquiry committee interviewing only three of the cricketers, who subsequently revoked their allegations. All five women were then banned from playing for six months, and were left facing a defamation suit brought by club chairman Maulvi Sultan.
In the face of this, the youngest of them, allrounder Haleema Rafiq, swallowed a lethal dose of toilet-cleaning acid. She was just 17 years old.
Feminism is partly about recognising that the problems described above - the lack of women in positions of power in cricket; a seemingly “casual” remark to a female journalist by a top male cricketer; and the suicide of a young female cricketer in Pakistan - are related issues, not isolated incidents. They stem from the fact that for hundreds of years, cricket has been a “man’s game”, run by men, deemed suitable only for men. I am a cricket historian; I know more than most about the history of this sport. And while there is a glorious history behind it, there is a sad truth, too: cricket at its roots is an institution built on male power and dominance. It is changing, yes; but that history has left deep scars, and they will take a long time to heal.
I love cricket. I spend hours researching, watching, listening, consuming and reporting on it. But sometimes I hate it too.
We absolutely need feminism in cricket.
Raf Nicholson, “Why I am a cricket-feminist”, 04.10.14