Theres finally some good news for the poorer cousins of mens cricket in India. The skipper of the Indian womens team,Jhulan Goswami,has been roped in by sports apparel major Nike.
The lanky speedster,who was till recently the fastest bowler in the world in the womens circuit,has been signed up by the world-renowned sports brand on a three-year contract.
Jhulan is currently the captain of the Indian team,and like it has always been in Indian cricket,the womens circuit has barely seen instances of big brands offering lucrative sponsorships,be it on the players front or for the senior Indian team as a whole.
The Nike deal for Jhulan has come in the backdrop of reports of swelling fortunes and whopping tie-ups with her counterpart in the more popular mens circuit,skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
However,the contract amount that the sports goods major is offering 25-year-old Jhulan is quite less compared to the high-profile deals associated with the likes of Dhoni,Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.
Jhulan meanwhile will be caught up in the coming weeks with the busy domestic schedule,and the Indian eves next international assignment is expected to come up late this winter.
Interestingly,even as the Indian womens team captain has struck a deal with Nike,the sports goods companys term with the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has been terminated this season by the state body.
After a couple of seasons with Nike,the CAB has decided not to renew its contract,and has instead switched over to its rival Reebok. The deal spans providing the senior Bengal team apparel for first-class matches.
CAB to push for Edens case
Come Friday,the CAB will pursue the case of hosting an international match with the BCCI. At the meeting of the Boards committee that finalises tours and fixtures,CAB joint-secretary Biswarup Dey is expected to argue CABs cause that Eden Gardens deserves to host a match from among the three-Test and five-ODI series against Sri Lanka,and the three-Test and five-ODI series against South Africa.
After exchanging several letters with the BCCI top brass,CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Tuesday told reporters that a plea will be made to allot Eden an international as soon as possible. The CAB has raised questions on the existing rotation policy,arguing its case with pointed examples from the past few years of scheduling on international matches in India.
After the Champions League Twenty20 meet gets over,Australia and Sri Lanka will tour India for seven one-dayers,and three Tests and five one-dayers respectively. The venues of this series against Sri Lanka are expected to be finalised at the October 9 meeting in New Delhi.
The venues for the series against Australia have already been finalized. South Africas tour of India will follow the home series against Sri Lanka. The Proteas are scheduled play three Tests and five one-dayers.
The CAB is expecting to host a match from among these 10 one-dayers and six Test matches against the visiting Sri Lankans and South Africans.