Women's cricket gets it's dew
The ICC Women's World Cup starts today in Mumbai at 14:30 local time. A lot of promos are being done on the bradcasting channels and the event is touted as being equally important as the Men's World Cup or atleast the ICC would like us to believe that.
I don't want to go into a deep analysis of various factors like prize money, the way Women's cricket is treated by respective country boards et al. Actually I can't but then that would rob me of my self portrayal of being a cricket pundit.
One thing stands out in the first statement of this piece. The match start time is 14:30. Given the fact that all Men's D/N ODI matches in India start earlier now a days to negate the impact of the dew factor this seems a bit odd. The toss assumes a far higher significance on many grounds in India. The ICC either thinks that the matches anyways won't last the distance or they think that the dew factor (Arun Lal's entire commentating career is based on this single point expertise) is irrelevant to Women's cricket or maybe its just that it doesn't care. The readers can take their pick.
Unconfirmed reports say that the matches are not starting earlier because the players are not dewds but ladies.