It’s raining announcement on the International Women’s Day for the women’s game as this time Cricket Australia chooses to challenge the norms. CA, on the occasion of the special day, has announced that the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) will house the first statue of a woman cricketer in the country.
Woman cricketer Statue at SCG
According to CA, there are 73 statues and sculptures of cricketers around the country and there’s one thing common in all of them, all are of male cricket players, not a single one of them is a female cricket player. To address the gender imbalance in the public eye for women’s games, Cricket Australia has taken a huge step.
Speaking on the same the CA interim CEO Nick Hockley said, “Just as this year’s International Women’s Day theme promotes ‘choose to challenge’, we are committed to challenging ourselves to continue to address gender inequality across our game. Precisely one year ago to the day, we were celebrating a ground-breaking moment when 86,174 fans packed out the MCG for the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
“So many challenges have been presented since that day, and it is now more important than ever that we keep pushing for equality in cricket and keep building the momentum established before the pandemic.
“This is a historic moment for the game with Venues NSW today committing to the first sculpture of a female cricketer at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and we can’t thank Kerrie and her team enough for their leadership.
For the same, the CA has formed a new working committee to address the imbalance, not just limited to the statutes but all the areas of the women’s sport.
Australian team’s vice-captain Rachael Haynes, journalist Angela Pippos, former Australian cricketer and Hall of Famer Lisa Sthalekar, and Bradman Museum executive director Rina Hore, along with CA Interim CEO Nick Hockley, are among the nine members who form a part of the ‘Recognition of Women in Cricket Working Group’.