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  1. Railways felicitates women cricket team, offers Gazetted Officers posts to Harmanpreet Kaur, Mithali Raj

Railways felicitates women cricket team, offers Gazetted Officers posts to Harmanpreet Kaur, Mithali Raj

The Indian Women's cricket team returned to India after winning hearts across the world with their standout performance.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: July 27, 2017 5:39 PM
railways, harmanpreet kaur, Mithali Raj, Mithali Raj, Suresh Prabhu, Indian women's cricket team members, Gazetted Officers posts, railways news Prabhu while speaking at the event said that he feels like a “proud father whose girls have done well.” (Reuters)

The Indian Women’s cricket team returned to India after winning hearts across the world with their standout performance. While speaking at a felicitation function to honour the Mithali Raj-led squad for its runners-up finish at the ICC World Cup, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today announced a cash prize for 10 players. Rs 13 lakh each will be given to 10 Indian women’s cricket team members who have been employed with the Railways. Along with this, Harmanpreet Kaur and captain Mithali Raj will be given post of Gazetted Officers in the Railways. According to a PTI report, two-thirds of India’s women cricket team comprises of players who have been employed by the Railways. Prabhu while speaking at the event said that he feels like a “proud father whose girls have done well.” While appreciating the game that was played by the team he added that he is confident in saying that few years down the line people will ask “do men also play cricket?”

railways, harmanpreet kaur, Mithali Raj, Mithali Raj, Suresh Prabhu, Indian women's cricket team members, Gazetted Officers posts, railways news Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu with Indian Women’s team captain Mithali Raj. (ANI)

Further while addressing the gathering, Prabhu said, “Cricket was earlier identified with only men. But now times are changing so fast that after may be 20-30 years, somebody may think ‘ok men also play cricket’.” He added, “Please be aware, people will watch more and more, women’s cricket. Because, male cricketers are worshiped as gods and demi-gods… But, now with women in cricket — not the Gods but Goddesses of cricket will be worshiped in the future.”

While talking about the cricketers who are a part of the railways, Prabhu said, “My ‘family’ has won many, many laurels. We have 150 women cricketers. Diana Edulji has been a pioneer in women’s cricket. Around 150 of them are in Railways. I am very, very happy as a proud father would be. My girls have done well.” He added, “Let me assure them that their careers in Railways is always safeguarded. I have taken a policy decision that you will be on all-time leave so that you can focus on the game. But always have Railways in your heart.”

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