A debate over a five-day women’s Test Match emerged after India maiden pink ball encounter against Australia in Queensland ended in a draw.
Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Saba Karim doesn’t agree with the theory that, like in men’s cricket women’s cricket should also be played over five days.
Sharing his thoughts on the Kheelneeti podcast, he stated:
“I am still not in favour of five day Tests for women’s cricket. In four days, teams get to play at least 400 overs. In the men’s game, sides get 450 overs across five days. So there is a difference of only 50 overs.”
“I think female players will need to change their mindset a bit” – Saba Karim
“I think the players will need to change their mindset a bit. If we take a look at men’s cricket. Test matches have been producing a lot more results over the last decade or so because teams have changed their approach. They are playing a lot more attractive cricket and scoring quickly so that they have time to pick up 20 wickets.
Women’s teams need to start adopting a similar mindset. I feel four day Tests are enough to produce results in women’s cricket.”
“I am sure we will see more women’s Tests in the future”- Saba Karim
Karim expressed confidence that more women’s Tests will be played shortly. He asserted:
“The good thing is that India’s women’s teams have started playing Test matches on a more regular basis. Before this, we played a Test match against England. This one against Australia was a historic pink-ball Test match. These Test matches for India have been their first since 2014. The thought process ahead is also to have similar multi-format series in which at least one Test match is included.”
Saba Karim pointed out that only a handful of teams playing the longer format is a major challenge for women’s cricket.
“The issue with women’s cricket is that only a few sides play Test matches. Apart from England, Australia and India, there is only New Zealand. ICC is trying to bring South Africa who has done very well in white-ball cricket, into the Test fold. But in most nations, it is amateur cricket that is still being played. So that’s a problem. But efforts are one and I am sure we will see more women’s Tests in Future.” Saba Karim concluded.
Following the drawn Test, Indian women will now face Australian women in three-match T20Is which starts from 7 October 2021.