BCCI announces squads for Women's T20 Challenge match

BCCI announces squads for Women's T20 Challenge match

Australia's captain Meg Lanning has recovered from her injury and will be a part of Harmanpreet Kaur-led IPL Supernovas.Attacking batswoman and India Women's T20 vice-captain, Smriti Mandhana will lead IPL Trailblazers.

Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the two teams in the one-off women's T20 Challenge on May 22 ahead of the IPL Qualifier 1 at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.

The one-off encounter will have 26 players, which includes 10 worldwide players from Australia, New Zealand and England. We were in talks with several Boards and I am pleased with the outcome.

Alyssa Healy, Australia's wicketkeeper-batter, Beth Mooney, Australia's opener, Suzie Bates, the veteran New Zealand all-rounder, are some of the global stars in the Trailblazers' set-up. However, considering the lack of depth among Indian women's cricketers, the idea was shelved. "Danni Wyatt and Daniel Hazell will add the English flavour".

This development comes in the backdrop of BCCI and CoA mulling a potential T20 league for Women cricketers in India. We've seen the Women's Big Bash League, the Kia Super League, and hopefully in a few years, the women's IPL. BCCI has been pulling out all stops to promote and nurture women's cricket and this is a small yet significant step towards a prospective league involving women's stars in the future.

Also read - Women's IPL to become a reality in 3 years?

It also comprises Indian cricketers of the calibre of Mandhana, the southpaw opener and captain of the side, Deepti Sharma, the spinning all-rounder, Jhulan Goswami, the India pace spearhead and the young prodigy, Jemimah Rodrigues.

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