Mithali Raj says India’s women cricketers ‘anxious’ about game in COVID impacted world

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In a COVID affected world, India’s former skipper Mithali Raj says female players are anxious about their future and don’t know what they are training for. Raj feels that the national team’s players have been grappling with “anxiety” and a lack of “sense of purpose”. In the current pandemic, India’s women cricketers are short of opportunities to play. Raj was speaking at an ICC 100% Cricket virtual discussion and noted that uncertainty “comes even as the players look for any competitive cricket or any international series, even domestic for that matter” in a COVID impacted world.

Mithali Raj says India women cricketers ‘anxious’ about game in COVID impacted world

Mithali adds there is need for purpose for the players who don’t have matches as goals right now. “Before, we used to plan for any international series if it is an away-going [tour], so players would accordingly prepare. And if it’s a home series we prepared accordingly, but now we don’t know why we train.”

“Since we are contracted players, that’s our job, so being in the biobubble – if that’s what gets us going in terms of the matches – I think as players we are okay with being in the bubble and training and preparing ourselves for the game. Somewhere we need to do a little bit of adjustments to get the matches going,” Raj said in the discussion.