BCCI Hopeful That Women's Players Playing In The Hundred In England Will Get Exposure
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BCCI Hopeful That Women’s Players Playing In The Hundred In England Will Get Exposure

BCCI said the participation of its top women players in The Hundred in England will give them much-needed experience and exposure to elite opposition ahead of the 50-overs World Cup in New Zealand next year.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) does not allow its male players to participate in overseas franchise-based leagues, though some of the test specialists have played county cricket in England.

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BCCI Treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal: Idea Is For Women Cricketers To Get Exposure In England

The inaugural edition of the 100-ball competition, which features eight franchises with separate men’s and women’s teams, begins at the Oval on July 21 and will feature five Indian players including T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur, her deputy Smriti Mandhana and explosive opener Shafali Verma. Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have also previously played in Australia’s Big Bash League Twenty20 competition.

“The idea is for them to get exposure in England,” BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal told Reuters by telephone.

“Some of our boys have played county cricket, and that has given them a great opportunity and exposure. We want to take women’s cricket forward similarly. “These experiences will definitely come in handy in the World Cup next year.”

Mithali Raj played 89 T20Is for the India women's cricket team. Twitter
Mithali Raj played 89 T20Is for the India women’s cricket team.
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After a year without international cricket due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the India women’s team hosted South Africa for a limited-overs series in March and the calendar suddenly looks a lot busier.

The team, under skipper Mithali Raj, will play their first test in seven years next week when they face England in Bristol, with the tour also including three one-dayers and three T20 matches. Mithali Raj will be captaining the ODI and Test sides, while the responsibility of leading India Women in the shortest format will be on Harmanpreet Kaur.

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India will play their maiden pink-ball test in Australia later this year and there could be more activity in September-October if the BCCI can organize the Women’s T20 Challenge in the United Arab Emirates. The Challenge would run alongside the remainder of the men’s Indian Premier League, which was suspended last month because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Arun Dhumal, Treasurer of BCCI Photo by: Arjun Singh / Sportzpics for BCCI
“We’re trying to figure out if that can be played with the UAE leg of the IPL,” Dhumal said. “Hopefully we’ll get a window. We’ll have to see venue availability as well.”
India women last played a Test match in November 2014, against South Africa.  In April 2021, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed the fixtures for the tour, including the one-off Test match, and three Women’s One Day International (WODI) and three Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) matches. BCCI secretary Jay Shah announced that the women’s team will play its first-ever pink-ball Test in Australia later this year.