While it's true that women cricket has come a long way in the past few years, it still lags behind in terms of benefits, outreach and popularity to the men's game. In view of this, four India cricketers Virat Kohli, Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy have confirmed their participation in a mixed-gender T20 exhibition match which is scheduled to be held once the World Cup 2019 is over.
As part of a campaign 'rcchallengeaccepted.com' which aims at 'challenging the status quo in cricket with India’s first-ever mixed-gender T20 match' above four cricketers along with the rest of the RCB squad look set to feature in this match. Whether there will be a participation of players from other teams is not certain yet.
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Kaur confirmed the news on her Twitter page by posting a promotional video of the same and captioned it: 'It’s time to shatter all the stereotypes when it comes to women’s sport. That is exactly why I’m joining hands with @rcgameforlife and saying #ChallengeAccepted. Let's show our support for the first-ever mixed-gender T20 match: http://www.rcchallengeaccepted.com .'
It’s time to shatter all the stereotypes when it comes to women’s sport. That is exactly why I’m joining hands with @rcgameforlife and saying #ChallengeAccepted. Let's show our support for the first ever mixed-gender T20 match: https://t.co/dclgVmwL1N. pic.twitter.com/F9tHGpJ9Wz— Harmanpreet Kaur (@ImHarmanpreet) April 2, 2019
However, the only issue that could possibly prevent the event from happening is the fact that one of the sponsors of the aforesaid website is asking people for a certain minimum number of votes before they go ahead with the tie. Now it's left to the fans and cricket supporters all across the country to rally behind and force RCB into organising this exciting match.