Anjum Chopra feels her MCC honour will boost more girls in India to take up sports


Indian Women Cricketer Anjum Chopra feels that Marylebone Cricket Club honour will inspire more and more girls in India to take sports further.

She has scored more than 3,000 international runs and achieved Padma Shri, Arjuna award.

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The honorary life membership has been awarded to Anjum Chopra by the residents of Lord’s at St John’s Wood in London. She is the first Indian women to receive the honour this award.

Indian players Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag are also included in the list but she is the only Indian women to receive this honour. Before Anjum Chopra, around 21 women’s were given this membership starting with “Nari Contractor” in 1969.  Anjum is honoured with this award as she is the 10th woman outside the UK.

Currently, life membership is hold by Five Australians, four New Zealand players and 20 women’s from England.

Until two decades prior, notwithstanding, that number was zero. It was just in 1998 that the MCC opened its enrollment to ladies by any means. For a long time before that, the MCC remained an all young men's club. Just when their "no ladies permitted" approach got to be one reason the MCC was denied subsidizing, did they at last pick up the 66% dominant part required to permit ladies to end up individuals (just barely however; 69.8 percent for, and an impressive 30.2 percent against).

The MCC now has more than 600 female individuals, and 30 female privileged life individuals, Chopra being the latest inductee. "I am elated and lowered," she said, addressing Firstpost about the declaration.

It was the most recent bolt in a famous quiver. With the bat, the left-hander was a key machine gear-piece in what was most likely the best ever Indian ladies' group in the mid 2000s, which achieved its pinnacle, when they achieved their first and final ODI World Cup last in 2005. A splendid slip defender, she likewise drove the nation in 28 ODIs.

Indeed, even off the field, she is presumably the most conspicuous face in ladies' cricket, having worked in editorial for various TV slots.

As per the MCC rules, "Those people are chosen as privileged life individuals whose enrollment, whether for administrations to cricket or for some other reason, the MCC Committee considers to be particularly alluring in light of a legitimate concern for the club."

Firstpost requested that Chopra give us an understanding into the procedure of her incorporation. "I am not mindful of the procedure. I got the honor and I acknowledged it with pride," she said.

Pride is unquestionably the prevailing feeling, and all of Twitter got behind Chopra to praise her.

Coming a fortnight after India's two Olympic awards were brought home by female competitors, Chopra trusts this improvement will be another help to ladies' game in the nation. "It ought to goad more ladies to take up games. Indian ladies have broken hindrances to accomplish more prominent statures, as the country saw, particularly amid the Olympics," she said.

With respect to Chopra herself, having ended up one of the primary ladies to enter the IPL editorial box, she has broken yet another obstruction. One that will ideally see more Indian ladies perceived "for administrations to cricket". Also, at the grass root level, more young ladies playing sport.

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