Australia wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy, batter Rachael Haynes and New Zealand’s cricketer Suzie Bates expressed their disappointment over the announcement of Women’s T20 Challenge that is likely to be held during the men’s T20 league in UAE.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Sunday said (August 2) the Women's IPL or the Challenger series is "very much on".
According to PTI, a source informed that "The women's Challenger series is likely to be held between November 1 and 10 and there could be a camp before that.”
After Ganguly’s statement, many of the Indian cricketers including ODI captain Mithali Raj and senior spinner Poonam Yadav welcomed the announcement.
However, with news came to the fore, overseas players raised concerns over the Indian players’ participation in the Women’s Big Bash League. They also pointed out that it could leave many overseas players in a fix as they will have to choose any one to play.
Australia’s Healy ironically said in a tweet, “So during the WBBL.... cool,"
"So the Indian players who've already signed WBBL contracts will do what? And all the international marquee players that will be in Australia for WBBL? Good luck with it.”
Healy also asked, "The IPL doesn't need the marquee players. It's already large. The women's format however does. The WBBL and BBL don't run simultaneously so why does the IPL and WIPL have to?"
Australia’s batter Rachael Haynes also joined the debate on twitter saying "If true, it's a shame…while the game continues to grow, premier domestic competitions do not need to compete against each other. They can be used to showcase the game and support its development around the world."
Meanwhile, former captain of New Zealand women’s team Suzie Bates expressed her displeasure over the announcement of women IPL. She tweeted, “What a huge shame for both the WBBL and WIPL competitions there is a clash."
Former India women captain Jhulan Goswami appreciated BCCI’s announcement. She said, "I think as an Indian player and looking at the Indian women's game, the BCCI doing this is hugely welcome. We need this for every woman who plays the game in India. These are tough times. And unless our board supports us the game will suffer.”
On the other hand, England's Charlotte Edwards said that all women tournaments including WIPL, WBBL and The Hundred play a massive role in raising the standards and growing the game. She insisted that there needs to be a window for all three events.
Ahead of the IPL Governing Council meeting, Ganguly told PTI, “I can confirm to you that the women's IPL is very much on and we do have a plan in place for the national team also."
The BCCI president however did not reveal the details but another senior official said that women's Challenger will be held during the last phase of IPL like last year.