Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur will lead two XIs in a T20 challenge at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on May 22, a day before Indian Premier League playoffs start.
The two playing sides will include players from overseas as well. Ellyse Perry of Australia, New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates and England’s Danni Wyatt have confirmed their names for the match. 20 Indian players will be named by national selection committee.
Rajiv Shukla, the chairman of IPL, said: “Even as IPL continues to roll like a well-oiled machine, over the last couple of weeks, efforts were made to put in place a similar structure for women cricketers. We were in talks with several boards and I am pleased with the outcome. White Ferns captain Suzie Bates, attacking batter Sophie Devine, who holds the record for fastest half-century in women’s T20Is, Australia’s fine all-rounder Ellyse Perry, wicket-keeper bat Alyssa Healy, Megan Schutt and Beth Mooney have confirmed their participation. Danni Wyatt and Daniel Hazell will add the English flavour.”
The match will be televised live.
“We are excited to announce the first-of-its-kind exhibition match involving our women cricketers. 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,” said Diana Edulji, BCCI administrator and former India women’s captain.
“The IPL is the biggest and most popular league in the world and it has been a long-time endeavour to have a women’s league that can match the exuberance of IPL. Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishanmurthy among others rubbing shoulders with foreign stars will be a unique experience and something that we have not witnessed here in India,” she added.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com