Railways award Rs 1.30 Crore's to 10 Indian women cricketers

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While in the morning Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel felicitated the girls, the team was felicitated in a grand ceremony by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in New Delhi.

The development means that England women pacer Anya Shrubsole's match-winning haul of 6-46 in the ICC Women's World Cup final against India on July 23 will feature when the new boards are installed.

The veteran, who made her India debut in 1999, spoke of how coming under the BCCI had seen women's cricket in India take big strides.

"Even if we want to have a five-team WIPL, we would require at least 40-45 Indian cricketers". "If I start listening to everyone, my mind would not work". That means she started 46 years ago. "It's just not the Indian team, but also the other teams that put up very good standard of play throughout the World Cup; and that has actually provided an impetus (for the development of the women's game) globally", she said.

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Prabhu spoke at an event to felicitate the players at the Rail Bhavan which was also attended by Railway Board Chairman A.K. Mital.

'I was wondering had we been under BCCI what kind of reaction we would get, girls would have enjoyed being received like that, it is just a beginning of good time for Women's Cricket, ' she added.

Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj may not have been able to win this year's Women's World Cup for India but she definitely won many hearts with her determination and consistent performance. Praising the railways for their support, Raj said that it was the only institution that supported women cricketers. Sania said Mithali Raj has been performing amazingly for many years, she is an incredible ambassador for the game of cricket. Mithali was also asked to react to the recent criticism of the Railways with regards to catering, which she sidestepped.

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