Made by men for men. This, at its heart, appears the issue behind the recent announcement that Emily Smith, a professional cricketer for the Hobart Hurricanes, has been banned from cricket for a year (nine months suspended). Cricket Australia’s anti-corruption code is clear and Smith’s lighthearted post on social media revealing the Hurricanes’ line-up for a match an hour before it was officially announced contravened it.
India will face England in the final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup and they will be heavily dependent on their skipper Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur.
On a lazy day in February only last year, the rumours became fact. A Women’s Big Bash League, in some shape or form, would be staged the following season.
The announcement’s timing was discrete, jammed into one of the few rest days during the month-long Cricket World Cup that was unfolding across the country.
The Australian surfer’s achievement this year remains a case of despite, not because, of the support female athletes receive, but her success may herald a wave of change
Match-fixing rarely makes the headlines, as those sportsmen involved are generally not high profile enough to rate media interest. The greatest danger lies, as it always has, in lower level, less well publicised and funded sports, where earning a living is a continuous struggle. This environment provides a constant battle for the authorities, but now the increased professionalism in women’s sport provides fertile new ground for corruption.
IT’S easy to come away from the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League singing its unequivocal praises.
It’s easy to think that its stellar launch will continue seamlessly into next year, and beyond.
It’s easy too to assume that its success was written in the stars, right from the outset. It won’t necessarily, and it wasn’t. But what a first season it was.
Tipped as one to watch off the back of an impressive Ashes debut, last weekend Grace Harris became the first woman to hit a century in the inaugural Rebel Women’s Big Bash League.