Diana Edulji: BCCI is a very male chauvinist organisation

Edulji was handed India women's captaincy in 1978. Currently, she is a member of the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators(CoA)

Mithali Raj-led team India recently brought glory to the nation by reaching the finals of the Women’s World Cup. But the latest remarks by former Indian women’s cricket team captain Diana Edulji has for the first time exposed BCCI’s treatment towards the female cricketers. It is a known fact that the men earn a much higher as compared to their female counterparts. But, it is for the first time that somebody has exposed the BCCI and its treatment towards its female cricketers.  Diana Edulji has pointed finger at BCCI and former chief N. Srinivasan. Cricket followers may recall that Srinivasan who was a co-owner of the Chennai Super Kings franchise and was removed as chief after it was found that his son-in-law was involved in match fixing.

Opening up about her valiant stance against the BCCI, Edulji said, “I’ve always been a BCCI basher, right from the day women’s cricket came into the BCCI fold in 2006. BCCI is a very male chauvinist organisation. They never wanted women to dictate terms or get into this thing. I was very vocal right from my playing days, from when I started.

“Even now, I would still say that it is not yet well accepted within BCCI that women’s cricket is doing well. It is very difficult for them (some BCCI members) to accept the fact that this team has done very well,” she added.

She also recalled her bitter experience with N Srinivasan (former BCCI president). She shared her story saying, “When Mr. Srinivasan became president, I would like to say that I went to congratulate him at the Wankhede Stadium. He said, ‘If I had my way, I wouldn’t let women’s cricket happen’. He hates women’s cricket.”

Edulji was handed India women’s cricket captaincy in 1978. Currently, she is a member of the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators(CoA).