Mahendra Kumar Sharma. (Photograph Supply: Twitter)

Mahendra Kumar Sharma who is called one of many pioneers of girls’s cricket in India breathed his final in Pune on Tuesday, November 8. Sharma was reportedly in his early 80s and was battling well being points for a while. He will probably be remembered for taking the initiative of encouraging girls within the nation to take up cricket as knowledgeable sport.

Girls’s cricket now could be arguably getting its justifiable share of due, however it was Mahendra Kumar Sharma who had first laid a robust basis when he registered the Girls’s Cricket Affiliation of India (WCAI). The WCAI was formally registered beneath the Societies Act in Lucknow.

Mr. Sharma set the muse stone for ladies’s cricket within the nation: Shubhangi Kulkarni

“Mr Sharma set the muse stone for ladies’s cricket within the nation. His efforts in organising the WCAI and getting recognition from the world physique – Worldwide Girls’s Cricket Council (IWCC) – in addition to the Indian authorities was large on the time,” stated veteran India girls’s all-rounder Shubhangi Kulkarni whereas chatting with ESPNcricinfo.

“He ensured gamers obtained the publicity they wanted on the time. His ardour and imaginative and prescient for ladies’s cricket at a time when there was no cash was unmatched. It began with him organising the first-ever girls’s nationals in India in 1973 as a three-team occasion. Then it grew to 6, eight, and 14 groups. To start out from there after which play a key position in bringing the World Cup was fairly an achievement,” she added.

 The WCAI throughout its existence went on to host two Girls’s World Cups. In the meantime, it was the 1997 version of the ladies’s quadrennial occasion that stood out from the remainder as the ultimate between arch-rivals Australia and England witnessed virtually 80,000 followers in attendance.

 Aside from that, the Indian girls’s cricket crew additionally performed their first-ever Take a look at match in 1976 in Bangalore. Sharma had served because the founding secretary of the WCAI throughout its first 5 years of operation and was additionally in-charge when India had first hosted the Girls’s World Cup in 1978.

At the moment the cricketing physique had no monetary safety and needed to depend on the donations obtained from people and the federal government.

The Girls’s Cricket Affiliation of India was practical for over three many years earlier than the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) formally took over the executive duties of managing girls’s cricket in India in 2006.






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