Women's cricket needs media support: Mithali

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Mumbai, Jun 1 (PTI) India Test and ODI captain Mithali Raj on Monday said women's cricket needs media support to promote the game and personally she had never felt the necessity to forgo a press conference. Mithali made the remarks in the wake of a controversy involving 23-year-old Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka, who withdrew from the ongoing French Open, after refusing to take part in the post-match media conferences.

'Well, I think it is tough to be in quarantine for any athlete. But, I think getting into a tournament, we do not feel that. Personally I have not felt that I should forgo a press conference because women's cricket right now, where it stands, it needs media support,' Mithali said when specifically asked about the topic.

Mithali was addressing a virtual press-conference ahead of the team's tour to England alongside head coach Ramesh Powar.

'And it is important for players also to try and help in the growth of a sport. So, we need to try and promote the sport,' added the 38-year-old, who has several records to her name.

Osaka had decided to boycott press conferences during the ongoing Grand Slam - a move that had drawn flak - as he felt that the nature of questioning was often damaging to her mental health. PTI NRB SSC SSC SSC