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Cricket: A Male Bastion in the Commentators’ Box

By Goutham Chakravarthi On September - 21 - 2009

In tennis, Andrea Leand is as revered in the commentary box as a Vijay Amritraj. Pam Shriver's call on the action is given as much attention as John McEnroe's.

It is not the case with cricket, though, as you generally find the women commentators sidelined. 

Claire Taylor and Mithali Raj understand the art of batting and have mastered it like the greats playing the men's game. Many women players and commentators scrutinize and analyze the game as well as anyone. So why aren't their bright minds given the opportunity to call the action?

In this article I try to put forward a case where television channels, over the years, have used female commentators and/or anchors for various reasons.

Stephanie Brantz.

Heard of this name before?

If you are an Aussie and have followed cricket on the free-to-air Nine network, you probably might. About two years ago, Brantz was the sports presenter and the only female representative in the Nine’s commentary box. Controversially, she was kicked out of her job of interviewing the Aussie players.

It's not the first time a woman was shown the door...

Read Complete Article at Bleacher Report - Sports & Society
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