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Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur to lead women's teams in T20 Challenge

17 May, 2018, 11:29 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • BCCI Confirms! Get reedy for Women T-20 team IPL

The BCCI announced the two women teams - IPL Trailblazers and IPL Supernovas - who will battle it out at Wankhede Stadium for the Women's T20 Challenge match.The one-of-its-kind match featuring 26 players including 10 global stars from Australia, England and New Zealand will be played ahead of the VIVO IPL 2018 Qualifier 1.

"The opportunity to play ahead of the men's IPL match, it was hard to turn that down", said New Zealand's Sophie Devine, who was announced for the match.

Meanwhile, attacking bat and India women's T20 vice-captain, Smriti Mandhana will lead IPL Trailblazers. "We are planning to get a women's IPL in place in two to three years", CoA chief Vinod Rai told AFP.

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There is great news for Indian women cricketers. Alyssa Healy, Suzie Bates, Beth Mooney, and Danielle Hazell will be among the big worldwide names in the other team.

The member of the Committee of Administration (COA) and former Indian woman cricketer Diana Edulji said that the domestic players, including Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishnamurthy, will appear playing together in this match.

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. This is just to start and show that we can have a women's IPL from next season. The match will be played before the first Qualifier match on May 22 at 2 pm in Mumbai.

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