Women’s T20 Challenge: England women’s cricket team captain Heather Knight, world number one bowler Sophie Ecclestone and Australia’s Elena King are among the 12 foreign cricketers who will take part in the Women’s T20 Challenge to be held in Pune from May 23. Elena is the only Australian cricketer to impress at the recently concluded World Cup in New Zealand who will be a part of the three-team exhibition tournament of four matches.
Apart from Knight and Ecclestone, England’s Sophia Dunkley and Denny Watt will also be seen playing in this tournament. On the other hand, South Africa’s star openers Laura Wolvaert and Marijne Cape and West Indies’ Deandra Dottin and Haley Mathews will also take part in this tournament.
The Women’s T20 Challenge was not held last year and the upcoming tournament will probably be the last of its kind as the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) is planning a full-fledged women’s IPL from next year. A BCCI source told PTI, Heather Knight has confirmed her participation in the tournament. Elena has also been confirmed and she will be the only Australian. A total of 12 overseas players will be available.
Knight, who led England to the final of the World Cup last month, is currently in the UAE for the Fairbreak Invitational T20 tournament. Other players participating in the Women’s T20 Challenge are also there.
Indian players will also be selected for the tournament soon and for this the performance of the recently concluded domestic T20 tournament will be considered. KP Nevgire scored the highest 525 runs in the tournament while he is followed by Yastika Bhatia and Shefali Verma.
The top three wicketkeepers were Arti S Kedar, Sujata Malik and Priyanka Priyadarshini. The last time the title of Women’s T20 Challenge held in 2020 was won by Smriti Mandhana-led Travelblazers by defeating Harmanpreet Kaur-led Supernovas in the final.
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