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Women’s T20 Challenge likely to get postponed amidst the pandemic

By Bet Barter

April 28, 2021

The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India is likely to postpone the fourth season of the Women’s T20 Challenge. This is due to the unavailability of overseas players in the wake of restrictions imposed by several countries. India is currently facing an unprecedented surge of Covid-19 cases, and more than 350,000 cases were reported on 27th April 2021. This sudden increase of Covid-19 cases has had an impact on the cricketing world as well. The Women’s T20 Challenge was scheduled to occur during the Playoffs stage of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, the tournament might get postponed or even canceled this year.

Cancelling Women’s T20 Challenge will be a massive blow for women’s cricket

A senior Indian Women’s cricketer has claimed that some devastating news is waiting for the Indian Women cricket team. She also added that the cricketers thought this competition would prepare them for the series against England in June. However, things are likely to happen as scheduled. The Senior cricketer stated that all the calls to the BCCI have gone unanswered, and this was the last thing that the cricketers had expected. 

The England and Wales Cricket Board declared the entire list of fixtures for the England Women versus India Women series. This includes one Test, three One-Day Internationals and as many T20 International matches. The games are going to commence in June. The forthcoming series will begin with a single Test from June 16-19. It will be England’s first red-ball match since the 2019 Ashes. On the other end, Team India will be playing their first game of the purest format since November 2014.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have not yet announced anything officially. However, sources have confirmed that there will be difficulties to host the tournament. Cricketers from England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and West Indies are not likely to travel to India due to the restrictions and cancellation of flights.

Last year, the Women’s T20 tournament was held in Sharjah. But the Australian players and some England players did not feature in the tournament as it clashed with the women’s Big Bash League. Top players like Danielle Wyatt, Sune Luus, Chamari Attapattu, Deandra Dottin, had featured in the tournament. The T20 competition started in 2018 and has been receiving a positive response over the last few years.

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