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Female cricket commentary quota raises eyebrows

Macquarie Sports Radio Mornings host Tiffany Cherry says a quota on female cricket commentators is required, however drastic measures should not be taken to ensure it is a 50/50 split on air.

Reports earlier emerged that on-air commentary of the summer of cricket should be divided equally between male and females.

Cherry says a quota of sorts is the way to go, however it should be implemented with the right intention and not for the wrong reasons.

“I believe in these early stages we do need a quota in terms of getting women involved in the game,” Cherry said.

“If you’re continuously employing the same type of people you’re not never going to break that cycle of the same people employing the same people.

“To get more women involved in the game, you need to break that cycle.

“Maybe the only thing to do is a quota.

“However, I don’t agree with it being 50% of air time, I think it should be whatever comes natural.”

Fox Cricket have already signed the likes of Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy, while Alison Mitchell is just one female Seven have appointed to their cricket commentary team.

“The trap that we mustn’t fall into is that we have say three women that people say ‘they’re great (and) we’ve got enough’,” Cherry said.

“We need to still be able to provide opportunities.

“You’ve got to give people the opportunity- both male and female.”

Macquarie Sports Radio will soon reveal it’s all star cricket commentary line-up with several females to be included.