The participation of India’s top female cricketers in The Hundred in England would provide them with much-needed experience and exposure to elite opponents ahead of the 50-overs World Cup in New Zealand next year, according to the BCCI.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) does not let its male players play in abroad franchise-based leagues. Although several of the test specialists have played county cricket in England.
The 100-ball tournament, which involves eight franchises with distinct men’s and women’s teams kicks off on July 21 at the Oval and will include five Indian players, including T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, and explosive opener Shafali Verma.
Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have also competed in the Big Bash League Twenty20 competition in Australia. BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal told Reuters “The objective is for them to gain exposure in England.”
Due to Covid-19, the Indian women’s team was not playing any international cricket. In March, India hosted South Africa for the limited-overs series and now the Indian women’s team’s calendar is looking very busier. Mitali Raj’s team will play their 1st test match after seven years next week against England in Bristol. They also have ODI and T20 series to play.
Indian women’s team will play their first pink-ball Test in Australia later this year, and if the BCCI can organize the Women’s T20 Challenge in the United Arab Emirates, there could be additional action in September and October.
The Challenge would run concurrently with the men’s Indian Premier League, which had been postponed because of the COVID-19 outbreak earlier this summer.