The success of the recently concluded ICC Women’s World Cup has simply been an eye opener. For the first time ever, packed stadiums were witnessed for a tournament featuring women, and the overall response garnered by the event was simply overwhelming.
Some stakeholders even were in the view that more tournaments should be held for women frequently. India skipper Mithali Raj was one such individual who stressed on the need to have more events for women, precisely IPL.
Within days of the Women’s World Cup ending, a franchise based T20 league named the Kia League was announced in England, which would comprise of women. The tournament has already been in the buzz, with cricketers from several nations already signing up for the event.
Sri Lankan batter Chamari Atapattu was the latest individual to sign up for the event. In the due course, Atapattu also became just the first Sri Lankan to feature in the event. The batter signed up for the Yorkshire Diamonds recently and spoke about the move.
“I was on holiday with my family in Anuradhapura when I got a call, asking if I’m available. I said yes immediately. it was a pleasant surprise,” Atapattu said. “I didn’t expect to play in the T20 league because most of the teams had already announced their squads.”
“Playing in the Women’s Big Bash League was my original target, but this is a great opportunity. I wasn’t expecting it, but now I’m looking forward to learning a lot. This is a great step, not just for my career but also for women’s cricket in Sri Lanka,” she added.