OPINION: Bradford’s Telegraph & Argus Write WCSL Piece… Manage To Make It All About A Man!

Bradford’s Telegraph and Argus has written an article on the Women’s Cricket Super League; and it’s one of those pieces that you sometimes just have to call out:

Yes – it might be a Women’s Cricket Super League (the clue is in the word “women’s” chaps!!) but the Telegraph and Argus have managed to make it all about a man – the headline, the (only) photograph and the byline – all focusing on coach Richard Pyrah.

And quite right too: if you start giving women headlines and photographs, they’ll want the vote next… and then where will we be?

(To be fair, the piece does name 3 women… buried in the final paragraph… so really, we don’t know what we are snarking about!!)

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3 thoughts on “OPINION: Bradford’s Telegraph & Argus Write WCSL Piece… Manage To Make It All About A Man!

  1. It’s not ideal. But it could also have been worse. Part of me is surprised this article doesn’t go about criticising WCSL on a fundamental level e.g. “taking money away from the men’s game” which seems to be the in-vogue gripe with the most traction. If it was journalistic opinion rather than a factual story, it might have done. If I was being generous I’d say they probably made a calculated decision to focus on the aspect of the story that would generate most interest, and introducing the recognised character of Pyrah could do that. But it also could have been, they know nothing about women’s cricket and couldn’t be bothered to learn for this purposes of this article, of course. To be honest this is still an early stage, we’ll get a better idea of how the media handle WCSL when the England players and overseas stars are announced, and as the competition nears its start. One of the purposes of WCSL after all is to redefine how women’s cricket is seen in the local and national media.

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  2. The difference between how this is being marketed, and the WBBL is just stunning.

    Olympic gold swimmer Susie O’Neill said earlier this year:
    “When I was growing up, we used to pretend to be Allan Border in the backyard. Now, my daughter pretends to be Sally Pearson, Meg Lanning and Anna Meares.”

    How do you do this? Simple: give actual exposure to the actual athletes.

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    • There is no comparison between WBBL & WCSL the former is a genuinely integrated approach to the sport of cricket the latter is a half baked attempt by ECB that gives womens cricket a genuine opportunity to start on a new modern pathway while packaging the initiative to a media contract that limits exposure to an outdated subscription model that provides only token coverage of women’s sport.

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