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Squads announced for Women’s T20 Challenge Match

The one-of-its-kind match will feature 26 players including 10 international stars from Australia, England and New Zealand.

The BCCI on Thursday announced the squads for the upcoming Women’s T20 Challenge Match to be played at the Wankhede Stadium.

The one-of-its-kind match featuring 26 players including 10 international stars from Australia, England and New Zealand will be played ahead of the VIVO IPL 2018 Qualifier 1. Australia’s captain Meg Lanning has recovered from her injury and will be a part of Harmanpreet Kaur-led IPL Supernovas.

Attacking bat and India Women’s T20 vice-captain, Smriti Mandhana will lead IPL Trailblazers.

The complete squads are as below:


 Sr No.

IPL Trailblazers

IPL Supernovas

1

Alyssa Healy (wk)

Danielle Wyatt

2

Smriti Mandhana (Captain)

Mithali Raj

3

Suzie Bates

Meg Lanning

4

Deepti Sharma

Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain)

5

Beth Mooney

Sophie Devine

6

Jemimah Rodrigues

Ellyse Perry

7

Danielle Hazell

Veda Krishnamurthy

8

Shikha Pandey

Mona Meshram

9

Lea Tahuhu

Pooja Vastrakar

10

Jhulan Goswami

Megan Schutt

11

Ekta Bisht

Rajseshwari Gayakwad

12

Poonam Yadav

Anuja Patil

13

Dayalan Hemalatha

Taniya Bhatia (wk)

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Coach: Tushar Arothe

Coach: Biju George

 

Amitabh Choudhary

Acting Hon. Secretary

BCCI

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Harmanpreet, Smriti named captains of Women’s T20 Challenge Match

The one-of-its-kind match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium
Harmanpreet Kaur captain of India gives a high five after Smriti Mandhana of India gets out during match three of the women's tri-series, India v England at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, India on the 25th March 2018

Photo by Vipin Pawar / BCCI / SPORTZPICS

A Women’s T20 Challenge Match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium on 22nd May, 2018 ahead of the VIVO IPL 2018 Qualifier 1. India internationals Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the two teams in a match that will showcase some of the most talented women cricketers. Leading stars from Australia, New Zealand and England will be in action as they join their Indian counterparts for this match.

The women’s game has seen a wave of popularity in the country following the national team’s run to the final of World Cup last year. With an eye on growing this wave, the BCCI is hosting the T20 Challenge to provide the women’s game a platform alongside its most popular tournament.

Speaking about this T20 Challenge game, Mr Rajeev Shukla, Chairman, IPL, said, “Even as IPL continues to roll like a well-oiled machine, over the last couple of weeks, efforts were made to put in place a similar structure for women cricketers. We were in talks with several Boards and I am pleased with the outcome. White Ferns captain Suzie Bates, attacking batter Sophie Devine, who holds the record for fastest half-century in women’s T20Is, Australia’s fine all-rounder Ellyse Perry, wicket-keeper bat Alyssa Healy, Megan Schutt and Beth Mooney have confirmed their participation. Danni Wyatt and Daniel Hazell will add the English flavour. This special game will be played at Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede Stadium and will be telecast live in India and across the world”.

Diana Edulji, member of Committee of Administrators (CoA) and former India captain, said, “We are excited to announce the first-of-its-kind exhibition match involving our women cricketers. 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. 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. Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishanmurthy among others rubbing shoulders with foreign stars will be a unique experience and something that we have not witnessed here in India.”

This match will begin at 14:00 IST and will be followed by the VIVO IPL 2018 Qualifier 1 at 19:00 IST.




Amitabh Choudhary

Acting Hon. Secretary

BCCI

BCCI Desk

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