There are still uncertainties over Indian women cricketer’s participation in the inaugural Women’s Super League in England to be held in July-August.
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo on Saturday (April 16), Anurag Thakur, the Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary, said that they are going to take a decision on the participation at the end of the month.
“We have not taken any decision as of now,” he said. “As far as leagues are concerned, we are also thinking something within the BCCI as well. We will decide on it during the meeting at the end of the month.”
A number of top stars including Australian captain Meg Lanning,New Zealand captain Suzie Bates and Deandra Dottin have joined the Women’s Super League. Six teams – Lancashire
Thunder, Loughborough Lightning, Southern Vipers, Surrey Stars, Yorkshire Diamonds and Western Storm – have been formed and will include 90 players from England and other countries.
Clare Connor, the ECB’s head of women’s cricket, said her board had contacted various countries in January.
“We wrote to all the boards in January, when we had final approval from the ECB about the six Super League hosts. We let them know where we were with the Super League and what we were looking to do with the overseas players: the number of overseas players (18), how we were looking to involve the world’s best.
“We communicated with the BCCI, as we did with all other boards. They made their own decision that they were not going to put players forward or share their contact details.”
The Indian cricketers were also denied the opportunity to play in the recently concluded Big Bash League in Australia since the tournament dates overlapped with India’s domestic season, which was scheduled to be televised for the first time.
Considering that Indian women’s next international assignment will be in a November, a limited over series against West Indies, delay in making India’s players available for the WSL is surprising.
Connor confirmed that ECB contacted the players directly for the league.
“We asked whether the teams would prefer to contact their own players about it or whether they would prefer us to contact them directly,” she said. “Mostly, we contacted players directly: the boards gave us their main squad’s email address and we then communicated with players, asking them to express an interest if they wished to be considered for selection for the Super League.”
Connor acknowledged that there was not a draft or an auction.
“We met the teams to discuss the balance of their squads, she said. “Of course, there were a few players that lots of teams wanted. But actually, it worked out really neatly because, once the teams knew which England players they had, that dictated whether they needed an opening bat, spinner, wicketkeeper or whatever. It was just a case of trying to adhere to our principle of getting the best versus the best.”