The game just got bigger: Women cricketers to play in overseas leagues
In some good news for our women cricketers, the BCCI women cricket committee has announced that they will now to be able to play in the overseas leagues in England and Australia. The decision was taken on Wednesday.
By doing so, the BCCI has cleared the path for the women cricketers to play in the Women’s Big Bash League held in Australia and Women’s Super League in England. However, the Indian players won’t be able to make it to any of the tournaments this year as the BCCI decision came in late. The inaugural Women’s Super League begins on July 30 and ends on August 14, which the players will miss. The Indian players will not be present at the inaugural WBBL as well.
The delay in the decision by BCCI is due to the fact that initially BCCI president Anurag Thakur had claimed that they are trying to organise a similar kind of league in India as well, as reported by Cricbuzz.
The BCCI came to this decision after the England and Wales Cricket Board wrote a letter to all Members asking their permission to enlist players. Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies are countries from which 18 overseas players have been selected by the ECB. It came out with its final squad list in April.
Just sometime back, the BCCI had introduced central contracts for the women cricketers bringing them in the conventional league like their male counterparts. A great initiative for the women’s cricket in our country, this will help cricketers like Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and Jhulan Goswami to have greater international exposure. Post the team’s good performance in the IPL this year, this is a welcome step which will open more opportunities for them to excel at and better their game, not to mention they will be able to make some good money as well.
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