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Top stars to feature in women's T20 challenge

Brendon Mc Cullum is currently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League 2018 Brendon Mc Cullum is currently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League 2018
Noah Ferguson | 16 May, 2018, 09:52

The likes of Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur shone in the tournament which has induced the authorities to think on broader lines as far as women's cricket is concerned.

New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates, attacking batter Sophie Devine, who holds the record for fastest half-century in women's T20Is, Australia's all-rounder Ellyse Perry, wicket-keeper bat Alyssa Healy, Megan Schutt and Beth Mooney have confirmed their participation.

Speaking to The Cricket Monthly, McCullum, who is now playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore [RCB] in the ongoing Indian Premier League [IPL], said the reason behind his gloomy outlook is the fact that not many teams have the resources to support Test cricket. "I think once we do separate it even more, then the skill level of T20 cricket will go to a whole new level altogether". "Danni Wyatt and Daniel Hazell will add the English flavour". However, the BCCI has made a start with the exhibition match.

No firm details of the new league have yet been revealed, but pressure for a women´s IPL has been building since India reached the final of the women´s World Cup in England past year. The hosts eventually won 2-1.

Diana Edulji, former India women's captain and a CoA member, has been pressing for a women's IPL.

"Long long-term, I see a T20 franchise as owning players, and I don't see them releasing those players to play for their nation in a Test match", he said.

"We are planning to get a women´s IPL in place in two to three years", Board of Control for Cricket in India administrator Vinod Rai told AFP. "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", she said.

"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".

The Women's T20 Challenge also provides some of the high-profile Indian players, including Harmanpreet, Veda and Raj, a chance to find form ahead of the Asia Cup in June.

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