I objected to women team travelling in economy class for the ICC event: Diana Edulji

Bipin Dani
Observer Correspondent

Mumbai—Few national cricket boards have expressed their concern over ICC’s decision to fly women teams in economy class, whereas the men players travelled to India in business class.
The ICC’s double standard for men and women teams didn’t go well with Cricket Australia (CA) and they bore the difference of fares of economy and business class and sent Meg Lanning and her girls in business class.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and New Zealand Cricket boards, like other boards, however, could not afford to have this luxury travel for their women players.
Diana Edulji, the voice of cricket in Indian women, believes that the ICC should give the same treatment to both sex when they are competing in the same tournament.
“It is very wrong to treat women players in this fashion. This has been an old practice but the times have changed now. As a manager of the India’s women team in 2009 for the T-20 tour, I had brought it to the notice of the Indian cricket board but nothing could be done”.
“We were not travelling in a direct flight to England and had to wait eight hours at the Dubai airport. As we were not travelling in business class, could not use the lounge”, she added.
“Cutting cost may be the motive of the ICC but this is not the fair way of treating women players”, she signed off.
The ICC, however, is likely to change this policy for the next big event, and if this happens, all women teams in 2020 would be travelling to Australia in business class.

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