Women’s T20 Challenge will happen, says Sourav Ganguly

In a major development, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to host a three-team Women’s T20 Challenge in the UAE between Nov. 1 and 10.

“Yes, it will (happen),” BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed to Sportstar .

A camp is likely to be held in October and the Indian team will play against South Africa before the Women’s T20 Challenge.

After the tournament, the Indians will play a series against the West Indies.

As the dates clash with the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) — scheduled to be held in Australia from October 17 to November 29 — most of the Australian players are likely to miss out. This could result in more Indian and Asian players getting a chance.

Fantastic news

“It is a fantastic news on a Sunday morning. What else can a cricketer ask for?” India’s pacer Jhulan Goswami told Sportstar . “We are glad to be returning to the ground at the earliest.”

Spin ace Poonam Yadav, who has resumed training, said: “Everyone was asking me why the women’s team isn’t playing. None of us had an answer to that. But now I am really looking forward to the season ahead.”

Mithali Raj took to social media to congratulate the BCCI for taking the initiative to organise the Women's T20 Challenge.

Australia’s Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes were, however, disappointed that the T20 Challenge was being held at the same time as the WBBL.

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