The BCCI forcing changes to the schedule at the last minute? Tick. A lack of publicity and no TV coverage of key matches? Tick. Poor umpiring? Tick.I'm a bit more philosophical than Raf about poor umpiring. With the benefit of TV replays, it was easy to see that there were some shocking decisions; but I also understand that umpiring is a ridiculously difficult and thankless task; and you don't have to go very far down the pyramid of the men's game to find similar levels of ineptitude either. The answer, frankly, is DRS, but that's a rabbit-hole I don't want to disappear down right now, because... shock(!)... horror(!)... I'm about to come to the defense of the BCCI!
Regarding the last-minute schedule changes, there were actually two changes:
- Due to security concerns surrounding the Pakistan team, some games were moved from Mumbai to Cuttack, on the other side of the country.
- The remaining games were moved to a different stadium in Mumbai.
The stadium move was obviously more selfish and arbitrary - to accommodate a domestic men's game - but did it really make any difference? After all, even the smaller stadium was barely one-tenth full for most (all?) of the tournament.
So although the situation was not ideal, and there are definitely issues with the BCCI's support for women's cricket, this is one case where I feel we can cut them a little slack.
(As for the TV coverage... I'll have more to say on that in a later post!)