Help Fix Women

Help Fix Women

SA captain Sunette Loubser has her hands in her hair as another West Indian batter gets away.

As a sport-loving nation we are proud of the achievements of the Proteas, our men’s cricket team, and their position at or near the top of the world rankings. But how do we feel about our women cricketers, languishing for several years now in seventh spot on the world rankings, and struggling to show sign of deserved progress, while teams like Pakistan and the West Indies challenge the well-established top four – England, Australia, New Zealand and India?

Proteas star bowler Alicia Smith shows what a steady pair of hands can do.Are we as aware as we should be of women’s cricket in this country and the challenges facing it? Why do we have only a few thousand registered women cricketers in South Africa, compared with countless thousands in countries like England, India and Australia? Does the problem lie with our women cricketers themselves? Do they simply lack the necessary experience, skills, fitness and athleticism to do better?

Or does the problem rest elsewhere in a structure faced with other competing priorities like promoting men’s cricket amongst previously-disadvantaged population groups, perhaps officials unable or unwilling to put the necessary resources, skills, thought and energy into women’s cricket?

Bearing in mind the spending power and importance of women as marketing targets in this country, why is it that potential sponsors are so slow in coming forward to sponsor women’s sport? Or does the heart of the problem rest with our media’s limited coverage of women’s sport?

We need to see more celebrations from the national women's cricket side.

Bearing all these questions and many others in mind, gsport invites all participants and fans to join a debate right here on women’s cricket in this country. In honour of CSA’s research investigating poor crowd attendances at the opening SA v England matches, please play a positive part in contributing to “fix” women’s cricket in South Africa.

Please let us have your positive and constructive comments on the first-ever “Women’s Cricket with Pride” – Here are a few thoughts to kick the debate off:

1) Is the current regionally-based provincial competition a worthy strength-v-strength tournament, or are there too many one-sided matches with little value in the development of player skills or the game in South Africa?

2) If brand names have been so successful in building the men’s franchise teams, wouldn’t a linked or unique brand name exercise for the women’s teams do the same for their spectator interest and media support, as a first step towards more publicity, interest and sponsor support?

3) Despite regularly fielding teams that look rock-solid on paper, the women Proteas have a poor recent international record. Is the problem related to a lack of experience and international exposure, strategy, selection, coaching, dedication or is there simply no BMT?

4) Women’s cricket in England has become the fastest-growing sport in recent years, with thousands of new players and their national team taking the number-1 world ranking. Key tie-ins with leading men’s sponsors brought in the funds for leading players to be paid to devote their time to promoting, developing, playing and coaching women’s cricket. In today’s climate, how can sponsors in South Africa be enticed into the women’s game?

5) One way to lessen the tough costs of international fixtures is to arrange player-exchange programmes. Would it be worth the investment to send 10 players off to participating countries for a year each, to participate in their foreign structures, with sufficient financial support to cover airfares and basic subsistence?

6) The recent World T20 in England featured the parallel women’s tournament semi-finalists and finalist play curtain-raisers to the men’s Twenty20 matches. With cameras already at the grounds to cover the “main” men’s match, how significant are the benefits in covering the women’s match?

All feedback submitted here will be provided anonymously to CSA for its information, and use in further building women’s cricket in South Africa. Thank you for participating!

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  1. I agree with ash 2010-01-19 at 04:32

    If women in sport get more coverage on the radio and television, it will automatically entice big sponsors to come on board and sponsor women in sport. I emailed some of the radio stations as well as sabc, i am glad to report highveld has a new sports show on saturdays covering men and women in sport. I have also noticed sabc broadcasting women sports results on their time slot. Ladies you should write to them and let them know what you are doing. Email them.

  2. Anon 2010-01-07 at 18:23

    I dint know that we had a female protea team. Guess cause tv nor radio has covered it. Its sad hey it seems that a soccer match between man united and liverpool has more importance in south africa than banyana banyana thrashing an international team. Its funny that our country gives so much attention to international sports stars than our local super talented women in sport. Maybe sabc feels women in sport arent news worthy. Lastly i dont sabc is aware that bbc news has equal sports coverage of male and female sports.

  3. Ash 2009-12-27 at 10:39

    Has any women in sport been covered on sabc? Be it golf, soccer, rugby or cricket there has never been world cup broadcast of sa women. How can the female team have any inspiration if they have no support from tv and radio stations. Its all about men!

  4. i agree 2009-12-03 at 09:53

    the new structure this season is rediculous! there are 3 pools and then supposedly the 4 top teams will go through. this is not a good or fair reflection on the strength of the teams. they should have rather made it the top 2 teams in each section go through to super 6s or else have 2 groups where there can be proper semis. or split the groups properly. the south section have more games and stronger competition and the north teams could get through easier. bit of a weird setup

  5. Anonymous 2009-12-02 at 09:39

    the new structure for this season is terrible. you have KZN which is one of your top ranked sides playing against the likes are inland/north west/ griquas. there is no strength against strength. i think the rest of the pools are better balanced then this. can CSA explain the new structure for this season and what they were trying to accomplish. maybe then the girls can have a better understanding.

    i still say we need new management running women\’s cricket.

  6. Anonymous 2009-12-02 at 09:33

    i agree with this comment. our ladies had a fitness test before the season started with the mens fitness coach. 80% of the girls stopped during the test due to fatigue etc. i was once told by a management member that he/she HAS to chose a person of \”colour\” as captain or the board will be on his/her case. management shouldn\’t be limited or restricted. the other issue is practises. why should a lady leave work early or put in leave and risk losing their job over a sport when they don\’t really get anything back. me personally, i get moaned at for being at practises late as i only finish at 5 and the girls start at 4. so i tell my coach pay my car, my rent etc and i\’ll be here everyday from whatever time you want, but until then i have a job that takes priorities, so if it\’s going to be a problem tell me and i\’ll stop playing.

  7. karen 2009-12-02 at 08:51

    Spelers moet gekies word op vorm, nie wat hulle 3 jaar gelede dedoen het op die veld nie. Ook as hulle afrigters kan kies wat daar is om die span te help wen en nie daar is vir die geld nie sal dinge dalk begin verander.

  8. zaj 2009-12-01 at 15:35

    just pick the best women\’s cricket team – they are going out to play cricket not to be looked at.

  9. unknown 2009-12-01 at 15:31

    One of the biggest problems with women\’s cricket in south africa is that the teams have to be 50% colour, 50% white and that is in both provincial and south african teams. Women\’s cricket is a developing sport, so no matter what colour a woman is she should be considered as part of development – not even the men have this rule in place? The problem is that you will never have the strongest team on the field unless you are lucky to have an equally balanced team and selection criteria is first based on choosing 6 \”whites\” and 6 \”players of colour\” and only then on the player’s ability and best possible team. I have heard of provincial teams that only have a limited amount of \”players of colour\” that know that they will need to be picked for the team and so don\’t attend most of the practices and don\’t work on fitness in order to try and be competitive in making the team. If everyone in the side was chosen on merit, it would develop every one, no matter their skin colour, to improve on their game and result in a much higher standard of play in both provincial and South african women\’s cricket. Also a lot of the \”white\” players then think what is the point when they can see they are better players and have put in much more work and practice and fitness and don\’t get chosen. Cricket is losing a few of these players, and i\’m sure there will be more in future when players realise that they can go play another sport where they are chosen on their ability. Lets hope those in charge realise this before we can\’t compete at all with the rest of the world.

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