Indian women cricket team will get a cash reward of Rs 1.30 crore by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu soon. The decision was taken by him on Thursday. He even declared out of turn promotions for all Indian team players and rise for captain Mithali Raj and player Harmanpreet Kaur to gazetted officer post.
“While it is a joyful day for all Indians, it is actually a subject of great delight for the Railways particularly. Railways consist of 10 out of the 15 world class cricket players.” He added, “The captain, vice-captain, wicket-keeper all are our workers.”
Prabhu asserted, “No one in the country ever anticipated the level of success attained by the Indian cricket women’s team and it was their pledge and devotion that has brought them at this point.”
“I was directing Diana Eduljee (former India Captain) about the time she began playing, she directed me that she began in 1971. That means she started 46 years ago. At that time, I am confident she never would have predicted that one day Indian women will go and provide such hard-hitting competition at the World Cup, doing so well. I don’t think anyone would have imagined this,” said Prabhu.
MoS for Railways Rajen Gohain and chairman Railway Board AK Mital attended the event. Prabhu asserted, it was a subject of immense delight for the railway as renowned player including Diana, Mithali and many others, all of them have played for the Railways.”
Prabhu stated that the Railways would persist to assist the women’s team and make sure that the working situations are such that they don’t come in the way of their practice, training or matches.
“In our men’s cricket team, there is no one from railways, but our women have created their own team. It’s like reserving the entire train itself,” Prabhu stated.
Captain Mithali Raj asserted, “India must organize Indian Premier League for women team so that not only Indian cricketers but even domestic players get exposure.”
Mithali was also asked to react to the recent criticism of the Railways with regards to catering, which she sidestepped.
“I began playing cricket when there were no amenities, so journey by train itself was a opportunity for me. Till now, I takes pleasure in travelling by train more than flights,” Mithali stated.
Currently, Indian Railways consists of 20 Padmashree awardees, 4 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardees, one fifty eight Arjuna awardees, nine Dhyanchand awardees, seven Dronacharya awardees and two Rashtriya Khel Protsahan puraskar.