Although India's middle-order batter Veda Krishnamurthy was not picked for the England series on expected lines after she lost both her sister as well as mother to COVID-19 in a matter of weeks, former Australia captain Lisa Sthalekar has slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not checking on the cricketer after the twin tragedies in her family. Sthalekar added that the Indian board may have been justified in their part to not consider her for selection but could have at least communicated the decision to the Veda.
Notably, the BCCI announced the women's squad for their upcoming tour of England. Although Veda's name was not there, Sthalekar drew attention to the fact that she remains a contracted cricketer and the Board should have been more communicative. She even drew parallels with the Australian Cricketers' Association.
A true association should deeply care about the players, not just the game: Lisa
"Whilst not selecting Veda for the upcoming series may be justified from their point of view, what angers me the most is that as a contracted player she has not received any communication from BCCI, just to even check how she is coping," Sthalekar said in a note on her Twitter handle.
She added, "A true association should deeply care about the players that play the game...not focus solely on just the game at any cost. So disappointed."
The ICC Hall of Famer Sthalekar feels that the time has come for a player' association for the Indian Women's team.
"As a past player, the ACA (Australian Cricketers' Association) have reached out daily to see how we are and provided all kinds of services. If there was a need for a player association in (India) surely it is now," the 41-year-old said.