Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal has said that playing The Hundred tournament in England this year will help Indian women cricketers gain a great experience for the future. It is noteworthy that five cricketers from the Indian women’s team will play in this tournament.
According to Dhumal, playing in England will come in handy before the 50-over World Cup to be held in New Zealand next year. This is because the conditions in the United Kingdom are largely similar to those in New Zealand. The BCCI has allowed five women cricketers, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma and Jemima Rodrigues, to participate in this new format of the game.
BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal told Reuters that The Hundred’s idea is for them to get exposure in England. Some of our boys have played county cricket and it has given them a good opportunity and exposure. This is how we want to take women’s cricket forward. This experience will definitely come in handy in the World Cup next year.
The inaugural edition of the 100-ball competition will begin on July 21 and will see eight teams each in the men’s and women’s competitions. The Indian women have currently gone to play all three formats against England and will join their respective teams for this tournament from there.
The BCCI treasurer also spoke about the plans to host this year’s edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge. After the successful organization of this tournament in the last three years, this time Corona has created uncertainty. Dhumal said that we are considering whether the T20 Challenge can be organized this time in the UAE during the IPL or not.
However, it is also worth noting that the Indian women’s team has to go on a tour of Australia at the time of IPL. In such a situation, the Women’s T20 Challenge could hardly be organized.