22 May :- The stage is ready for the women’s cricket match on the lines of the IPL. Under the leadership of Trailblazers and Harmanpreet Kaur under the captaincy of Smriti Mandhana at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday, teams of Supernova will be face-to-face in the exhibition match.
This match is being considered as the first step for the Women’s T20 league in the country. Besides the Indian players in the match, New Zealand’s Suji Bates, Australia’s Elisa Healy, Beth Mooney, Elise Perry, Megan Shut and England’s Daniel Yat are also participating in the match.
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The match will be played before the qualifier-1 of the IPL, which will be played between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. “It will be very exciting for all of us to play this exhibition in the match and we are thankful to the BCCI for this opportunity.
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“It will be a step towards the IPL and hopefully we should do well so that viewers and people associated with the BCCI can think of women’s IPL,” he said. “We can not have eight teams in our tournament, but IPL can be started with four or five teams. Obviously not with eight teams.
Suji Bates also feels that in future women IPL can be a reality. He said, “All players are very excited about playing tomorrow and women’s IPL may be held in the future. In which more players will get the chance.
IPL trailblazers: Smriti Mandhana (Captain), Elisa Healy, Suji Bates, Deepti Sharma, Beth Mooney, Jemima Rodrigues, Daniele Hazel, Shikha Pandey, Lee Tahu, Jhulan Goswami, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav, Dayalan Hemlata.
IPL supernova: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Daniele Yat, Mitali Raj, Meg Lanning, Sophie Dewine, Elise Perry, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Pooja Rastra, Megan Shut, Rajeshwari Gaekwad, Anuja Patil, Tania Bhatia.