Around 1000 players have registered their interest in the Women’s T20 League as per sources. The first edition of the league kicks off in March and is already earmarked as a game-changer for Women’s cricket. That said, there is significant interest from the player’s side to be part of history despite there only being limited slots available.
While the Women’s 20-20 World Cup is the centre of attraction in female sports, at the moment, the auctions of the first-ever Women’s T20 League are grabbing the headlines. With little over a week to go for the auctions, players who will be involved in the World Cup will face an anxious wait as they find out their fate. Many women cricketers talked about the same ahead of the World Cup.
“It’s the elephant in the room, It’s a really unique experience. It’s enormous. You talk about glass ceilings and I think the Women’s T20 League is going to be the next stage. I am really excited about it. As female cricketers, this is something we have never been through before. On every scale, it’s going to be awkward. That’s the word we have spoken about,” Sophie Devine, the New Zealand captain, said at the T20 World Cup captains’ pressers.
Before that, we have a very important game: Harmanpreet Kaur
Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur also talked about the same as all eyes will be on the Indian players who will play against their arch-rivals Pakistan on the eve of the auction. She also said that this will be a good opportunity for the young girls to share the dressing room with experienced overseas stars.
“Before that [the auction], we have a very important game and we are just going to focus on that, It’s a really big day for all of us because we have been waiting for years and years now. The next two or three months are very important for women’s cricket. We have seen how the WBBL and the Hundred have helped their countries improve their cricket. Hopefully, the same will happen for our country,” the Indian skipper said.
“That is something which has a very different feeling. When I got that opportunity, it was the biggest life-changing moment. Other girls will also experience this. It will be a great opportunity to improve cricket and grow the game.” Kaur added.