One of the things I have come to appreciate most about cricket is that it is a huge force in bringing about cultural change and democracy in the social setting. Cricket is the forerunner, and works in the same way that art and philosophy work to pave the way for a huge shift in social thinking. Politicians and governments lag behind when it comes to these societal changes , and governmental reforms are reactive, not proactive when it comes to equal rights for all. Social changes, and women’s liberation in particular, usually come with a hefty price tag including violent protests, governmental resistance, and at times, total revolution, anarchy and chaos.
Sports however, can be and are a part of the arsenal of a Quiet Revolution for women in countries where females are actively discouraged from participating in public life. Cricket, for women in Afghanistan and the rather conservative areas of Pakistan, is a non-violent, inoffensive and religiously acceptable way for women to fight for their God-given equal rights. Slowly but surely these women who are on the frontlines of the women’s liberation movement are changing the archaic, outdated modes of thought on women’s role in present day society.