ndian Women batter Punam Batter has shared her opinions and said that WIPL with six teams would offer young girls a chance to showcase their talents on a global stage.
New Delhi: Indian Women batter Punam Batter has shared her opinions and said that Women's Indian Premier League with six teams would offer young girls a chance to showcase their talents on a global stage.
"Only 15-20 get a chance to play for India, but there are talented players who can compete at the international level. There can be two teams in Indian Railways itself, such is the Talent here, but since in India only 20 or 15 can play, many talented cricketers miss out on chances", said the cricketer who has 73 ODIs and 35 T20Is for India.
Punam, who plays for Indian Women's National Cricket Team, said that these kinds of events make the players more competitive and provide chances to play with international players, making them sharper in their skills.
"Obviously, when we get opportunities to play with international players, it increases the excitement of players to play the game and improve further in the game," Punam said in a conversation with ANI.
Currently, Women leg of IPL known as Women's T20 Challenge, has three teams but Punam has suggested that they should be at least six teams to accommodate the India pool of Talent.
"I am not talking about three teams, I feel there should be at least six teams in the women's IPL so that more and more players could get the opportunities through games," Punam Raut said.
Punam Raut has been in media receiving a lot of love and appreciation for walking out of the crease even when the umpire gave not-out in the pink-ball Test against Australia.
While Punam said it was a decision based on her instincts, she backed her choice by saying there is no point standing at the crease when you know that you are out.
"It happened instinctively. It had never happened to me like this before that umpire gave not out and I had walked out. I thought that the umpire would give out, but he gave 'not out'. It was clear knick, so I thought that I should leave the crease hence I walked off," explained Punam Raut.
"When it is out it is out, and we should leave the crease. I had the option of staying at the wicket but since it was a clear-out I walked off," she added.