Women T20 Challenge Postponed: The Women’s T20 Challenge is most likely to get postponed due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the country and the unavailability of overseas players due to travel restrictions all over the world.
The news has not made official by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) but the sources say that it would be a challenge to bring the overseas cricketers from England, West Indies, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
Due to several travel restrictions imposed on travellers to India, it may not be possible for players to fly to India. The board had decided to host the tournament in Delhi earlier in the year. But the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) officials informed Sportstar that they have not yet heard anything about the tournament.
The Women’s T20 Challenge is usually held during the playoff stage of the Indian Premier League (IPL). But due to a huge surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, many IPL players have pulled out of the game and the BCCI officials have said that it is “highly unlikely” that the tournament can be held under this situation.
Many countries have banned travel to India. The UK has put the country on the travel red list, UAE has put travel restrictions for its citizens to visit India, while Australia has suspended all its direct flights from India for a couple of weeks. The USA has also advised its citizens to not travel to India if not absolutely necessary.
The Women’s T20 Challenge was held in Sharjah last year, but the players from Australia and some of the England players did not feature in the tournament as it clashed with the Women’s Big Bash League. However, some top players like Sune Luus, Danielle Wyatt, Chamari Atapattu and Deandra Dottin featured in the tournament.
The Women’s T20 Challenge tournament first started in the year 2018 and it received a huge response over the last few years.