KARACHI – Former Pakistan captain, Waqar Younis has outraged everyone by suggesting that the International Cricket Council (ICC) minimise the innings in women’s ODI cricket.
In what is being viewed as sexist remarks, the former captain proposed that women one day international games were way ‘too long’ and the ICC should consider shortening the number of innings.
— waqar younis (@waqyounis99) June 29, 2017
“What about having 30 overs Cricket World Cup for Women. I feel 50 overs are few too many,” the former fast bowler suggested on Twitter.
To back his proposals, Waqar Younis cited the example of tennis where women play fewer sets than men. “Like Tennis where women play three sets rather than five by the male players,” he further added.
However, regardless of the recommendations by Younis, it is pertinent to note the fact that women test matches are already 4 days long instead of 5 as in the case of men.
Younis’ tweet ignited a gender debate on social media with infuriated people asking the former captain to apologise while some seemed to be appreciating his ‘sensible’ recommendations:
Sir ur degrading women’s they too have the ability to play 50overs
— Dr. Md Subhaan (@MdSubhayn) June 29, 2017
no I think when women can bring the men's cricket team into the world after carrying them for 9 months,they can survive 20 more overs
— Areej Anwar Tiwana (@AreejAnwar) June 30, 2017
Like tennis where women play best of three sets . Nothing wrong with 30 game of cricket for women teams.
— Azam durrani (@Azamdurrani77) June 30, 2017
— Shabeena Nazir (@Shabba_Dabbs) June 29, 2017
@waqyounis99 Your suggestion makes alot of sense.
— Salman Reimoo (@SalmanReimoo) June 30, 2017
Some women thought the tweet must not be judged on the basis of gender politics:
Being a woman myself I fail to find this suggestion sexist in any way.We need more sensible people like you.
— Aimen Tarik (@aimen_tarik) June 30, 2017
While others pointed out unnecessary pedantry by feminists:
Feminist attacks on Waqar Younis in 3…2…1
— Saad (@smk_60) June 29, 2017
— Kashif Mirza (@qashifmirza) June 30, 2017
Feminism is a bunch of extremist nutheads in other words.
— Hasan Caan (@YoloPoloKolo) June 29, 2017
Feminists would consider it gender discrimination otherwise it is a very good idea.
— Abdullah Qaisar (@MAQaisar) June 30, 2017
Recently, John McEnroe had stirred controversy after proposing a men v women contest to prove his claim that Serena Williams would be ranked “700 in the world” on the men’s circuit.
The seven-time Grand Slam champion said Williams was “the best female player ever” but against men it would be an “entirely different story”.
It is generally thought and lamented that sexism and gender discrimination is somewhat more rampant and prevalent in sports. Sports like swimming, cycling and athletics have comparatively fewer women participants. Some have even argued about the sheer discrimination and disparity between the amount earned by male and female athletes.