Australian cricketers Jess Jonassen and Alyssa Healy have lashed out at Pakistan great Waqar Younis, calling his comments about the women’s game “offensive”.
The former fast bowler tweeted a proposal to reduce women’s ODI games to 30 overs per side, pointing out that women tennis players compete over the best of three sets rather than best of five sets like the men.
But Jonassen has hit back, highlighting that the recent match between Australia and Sri Lanka contained innings of 178 by Chamari Atapattu and 152 not out from Meg Lanning.
“It is a little bit offensive, what’s T20 cricket for then?
“It’s quite interesting he said it the day after our match against Sri Lanka, which was one of the highest scoring games of the World Cup so far, 500-odd runs scored and two of the best innings of the women’s game ever,” Jonassen said.
“Maybe (he’s) a little misguided.”
Healy was also keen to correct Waqar.
“So what you’re saying is that 530 runs in a 50 over game isn’t entertaining?!”
“With two of the best innings anyone has seen,” Healy wrote.
Waqar was quick to clarify his comments.
“Lesser overs mean faster pace, more audience, competitive cricket, no discrimination or prejudice toward women,” he tweeted.
The spat is sure to give the Australian team extra motivation when they face Pakistan at Leicester on Wednesday.