The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday announced that women’s T20 challenge which will be played between May 6th and May 11th at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.
Players from New Zealand, England, West Indies, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will also be part of the new league. Surprisingly Australian women cricketers will not be part of the tournament.
The BCCI had experimented with a lone T20 game prior to the first playoff game of the IPL in Mumbai. Last year a one-off women’s IPL was played as a curtain raiser and Australia fielded the most number of foreign players, Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning, Megan Schutt and Beth Mooney all making the trip.
The teams for this year’s women’s IPL will be Supernova, Trailblazers and Velocity. Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj will be leading the respective sides.
Supernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Anuja Patil, Arundhati Reddy, Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka), Jemimah Rodrigues, Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand), Mansi Joshi, Natalie Sciver (England), Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia, Radha P Yadav, Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Taniya Bhatia (WK).
Trailblazers: Smriti Mandhana (Captain), Bharti Fulmali, Dayalan Hemlatha, Deepti Sharma, Harleen Deol, Jasia Akhtar, Jhulan Goswami, R Kalpana (WK), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shakera Selman (West Indies), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Suzie Bates (New Zealand).
Velocity: Mithali Raj (Captain), Amelia Kerr (New Zealand), Danielle Wyatt (England), Devika Vaidya, Ekta Bisht, Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Jahanara Alam (Bangladesh), Komal Zhanzad, Shafali Verma, Shikha Pandey, Sushma Verma (WK), Sushree Dibyadarshini, Veda Krishnamurthy.