Squads for women’s IPL exhibition match announced.Earlier as we reported that BCCI have announced the venue, dates, and captains of women’s T20 exhibition matches. BCCI recently announced fixtures of these matches. Now, BCCI have announced the squads of all teams in women’s T20 exhibition matches.
The surprising thing was there is no Australian or South African player in the squads of three teams. South Africa’s players are unavailable because of their home series against Pakistan, which begins on May 6, the same time these matches are scheduled.
The surprise, however, was the absence of Australia’s cricketers. The world leaders in the women’s game Australia had fielded the largest overseas contingent in last year’s one-off exhibition match, including stars such as Meg Lanning, Megan Schutt, Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney. But this time there is not a single player from Australia.
This is very surprising because last month only, Cricket Australia’s Female High Performance Manager Shawn Flegler had said that the board would support Australians participating in any exhibition matches played this year. He said “It’s a great opportunity for the players, and to see a women’s IPL get off the ground would be a great thing for the game more broadly.”
One reason for Australian players not participating can be that Australia’s pre-Ashes camp would begin in Brisbane on May 13, two days after the final of the Jaipur tournament. This may be the reason but no official reason has been given by either BCCI or by CA.
Well coming back to our real story of discussion of squads of the three teams. Here is a brief look at the squads :-
Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the Supernovas like previous year. The other important Indian players in this squad are Poonam Yadav, Mansi Joshi, Anuja Patil and Tanya Patil. In foreign players they have Chamari Athapaththu from Sri Lanka, Jemima Rodrigues, Lea Tahuhu, and Sophie Devine from New Zealand and Natalie Sciver from England.
Full Squad of Supernovas
Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Anuja Patil, Arundhati Reddy,Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka), Jemimah Rodrigues, Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand), Mansi Joshi, Natalie Sciver (England), Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia, Radha Yadav, Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Taniya Bhatia (wicketkeeper).
Coach: WV Raman
Velocity is the new team this time. It will be lead by Mithali Raj. Other important Indian players in this team are Shikha Pandey, Susham Verma, Veda Krishanmurthy. In foreign players they have Amelia Kerr from New Zealnd, Danielle Wyatt from England, Hayley Matthews from West Indies and Jahanara Alam from Bangladesh.
Here is the full squad of Velocity
Mithali Raj (captain), Amelia Kerr (New Zealand), Danielle Wyatt (England), Devika Vaidya, Ekta Bisht, Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Jahanara Alam (Bangladesh), Komal Zhanzad, Shafali Verma, Shikha Pandey, Sushma Verma (wicketkeeper), Sushree Dibyadarshini, Veda Krishnamurthy.
Coach: Mamatha Maben.
Smriti Mandhana will lead the Trailblazers just like previous year. Other important Indian players in this team are Jhulan Gowswami and Deepti Sharma. In foreign players they have Shakera Selman and Stafanie Taylor from West Indies, Sophie Ecclestone from England and Suzie Bates from New Zealand.
Here is the full squad of Trailblazers
Smriti Mandhana (captain), Bharti Fulmali, Dayalan Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Harleen Deol, Jasia Akhtar, Jhulan Goswami, R Kalpana (wicketkeeper), Rajeshwari Gayakwad,Shakera Selman (West Indies), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Suzie Bates (New Zealand).
Coach: Biju George