Hyderabad: It was a moment to cherish for the four city women cricketers on Monday when they were felicitated at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium as part of BCCI one-time benefit scheme.
Recognising their contribution to Indian cricket, Purnima Rau, Rajni Venugopal, Sandra Braganza and Nooshin Al Khader were given cheques by commentator and former Indian coach Ravi Shastri. However, Sandra was not present as she is away in Australia. The other three were present on the occasion.
The award was given on the base of number of matches played. A cheque of 15 lakhs each was given to pace bowler Braganza and batsmen Rajini Venugopal while all-rounder Purnima and off-spinner Nooshin were handed cheques of 25 lakhs each.
Braganza played in six Tests and 20 one-day internationals from 1985- to 1993 while Rajini played in six Test and nine ODIS from 1985 to 1995.
“It is a great honour. We have finally been recognized for our contribution to Indian cricket,’’ said Purnima Rau, who was an all-rounder in her playing days.
Purnima Rau, who played in 5 Tests and 33 ODIs in the 80’s and 90’s, said these incentives will lift the women’s cricket in India. ”I believe these incentives work as confidence booster. We have some young talented cricketers in the country who can bring laurels,’’ said Purnima, who is now the coach of the Indian women’s team.
For Nooshin Al Khader, who played in five Tests and 78 ODIS from 2003 to 2012, it was better late than never. ”It is a great feeling and one of the best moments of my career,’’ said Nooshin.