For the love of the game

For the love of the game


Women and cricket often don’t go hand in hand. It usually comes down to husband and wife struggling to become owners of the remote control with the former wanting to watch a cricket match and the latter, who couldn’t miss the regular family drama unravelling on the idiot box.

However, the Inner Wheel Club of Mysore - West comprising 44 women members is an exception. Apart from being cricket lovers, they have gone ahead and organised a five-day ‘Twenty 20 Inter-College Cricket Tournament - 2011’ to promote young talent as well as raise funds for a charity.

Apart from organising the tournament, a small group of women led by club president Anitha Rajendra, secretary Thein Perumal,  ISO Shobha Nagaraj and treasurer Jyothi Mukesh are seen at the Manasagangothri grounds constantly extending their support to budding cricketers.

With 14 degree college teams participating in the tournament, the first round of matches have been completed and the rivalries between colleges are gaining ground. Speaking to City Herald, club president Anitha Rajendra said: “We organised a cricket tournament because we are cricket lovers. With cricket fever gripping the country, we thought that conducting a tournament for college students was the best option. Apart from hosting the tournament, we wanted to raise funds for the cause of charity.”

Anitha pointed out that their club was organising the cricket tourney for boys and would conduct a fashion show for girls later this year.  Having organised a cricket tournament for the first time, Anitha said that initially many had discouraged them and had doubted if a group of women could conduct such a tourney. But as the adage ‘Action speaks louder than words’ the team of women went ahead and are successfully conducting the tourney.

While the winners of the tourney would receive Rs 10,000 and a trophy, runners-up would be awarded Rs 5,000 and the man of the series would be given Rs 1,000. Apart from organising the cricket tourney, the club is planning to take up the cause of specially-abled children, care for the girl child and also supporting old age homes.

Earlier, they had taken up an AIDS awareness programme in Kergalli and a talk on safe motherhood at MMK and SDM college. Among the novel initiatives planned by the enthusiastic group of women, they want to actively participate in plastic eradication. “We want to ensure that plastic is rooted out of the city. Instead of using plastics, we want people to make use of paper bags. We are planning to identify a slum and help them take the project of making paper bags.”

Club secretary Thein Perumal remarked that education is also being taken seriously. She said that the club would take 10 illiterate women under their wing and help them with education.

Reaffirming their commitment to their policies, Anitha said that they have been working hard to work for a better society. However, she expressed her disappointment over the lack of encouragement for initiatives taken up by women.

“Normally, people usually think as to what women can do. But we are showing those who had discouraged us our true worth,” she added.

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