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A focus on the issues and challenges surrounding women’s cricket in India, the reforms required to develop the women’s game and the relevance of these to the sports movement in the country. The speakers will discuss the history of the governance structures of the women’s game, how women’s cricket has grown in the UK in comparison to India, the commercial issues surrounding the sport and the way forward in India.
This session is being conducted In collaboration with the Sports Law and Policy Centre (SLPC). Details of the Symposium are here.
The SLPC is an independent think-tank focused on interdisciplinary research, scholarship, education and institutional support for public and private enterprises in areas relating to legal, policy and ethical issues affecting amateur and professional sports in India. Over the years, the SLPC researchers have authored several publications including ‘100 Things Every Professional Cricketer Must Know- The Official BCCI Cricketer’s Handbook’ and ‘Ten Reforms Indian Sports Administration Needs’.
Each year, the SLPC organises the Sports Law & Policy Symposium, which highlights emerging concerns in the domain of sports law and policy internationally and with relevance to India, and encourages deeper engagement in these issues to benefit the Indian sports ecosystem. Over the years, speakers such as Abhinav Bindra, Sharda Ugra, Snehal Pradhan, Kate Gill and Craig Foster have spoken at the Symposium. For your reference, recordings of the past symposiums are available at YouTube Channel.
This year the Symposium focusses on women’s cricket and gender issues in sport and in particular The Equal Hue Project, which aims to chart the way forward for women’s cricket in India. The Equal Hue Project is a joint collaboration of Snehal Pradhan, Karunya Keshav and The Sports Law & Policy Centre, Bengaluru. The project began last year based on a report titled ‘An Equal Hue- The Way Forward for the Women in Blue’ (“Report”) which was launched and presented at The Sports Law and Policy Symposium, 2020. A copy of the report is available at shorturl.at/efFLU. The Equal Hue Project intends to offer suggestions on improving excellence in Indian women’s cricket and setting up players for personal empowerment.
Sharda Ugra has been a sports journalist for over three decades. She started her career with Mumbai tabloid Mid-Day before working for The Hindu, India Today magazine and ESPNcricinfo.com & ESPN India. Early on in her career, she also reported sports news from South Asia for Radio Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s overseas service. She has seen India play cricket in nine countries, reported on two Olympic Games, written about cricket and other sport for popular and academic publications in England and Australia, presented conference papers on Indian sport and won Sports Journalists Federation of India (SJFI) awards for sports writing. She has worked with former New Zealand captain John Wright on John Wright’s Indian Summers, his memoirs of his years coaching India and with Yuvraj Singh on The Test of My Life, an account of his diagnosis and recovery from cancer. She was a fellow of the Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne in 2013.
Dr. Rafaelle Nicholson is a Senior Lecturer in the Business School at Bournemouth University. Her research sits at the boundary between contemporary history and sociology, and focuses on gender and sport. Her PhD examined the history of women’s cricket in Britain since 1945, providing the first comprehensive overview of the development of the sport in the modern period. Her current research is concerned with the changing role of women in sports governance since the 1990s, the period in which British women’s sport transitioned from being run entirely by women to being administered by “merged” organisations made up largely of men. She is also a freelance journalist who writes for ESPNCricinfo, Wisden and Wisden Cricket Monthly. She edits the women’s cricket website, www.CRICKETher.com.
Nandan Kamath loves sport and passionately believes in its power to transform individuals, communities, nations, even the entire world. He was a national-level junior cricketer and is now a Bangalore-based lawyer and managing trustee of the national award winning sports non-profit GoSports Foundation. Nandan is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, the University of Oxford and Harvard Law School and was a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship. He co-edited the book Go! India’s Sporting Transformation, recently published by Penguin Random House.