Squads Announced for Women's T20 Challenge Match

Women's T20 Challenge to be played in Mumbai on May 22

Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced both the teams for the upcoming Women's T20 Challenge match to be played ahead of the IPL Qualifier 1 at the Wankhede Stadium here.

The Supernovas boasts of a formidable line-up with Harmanpreet, India Women's T20 captain, leading the batting alongside Devine, Wyatt, Perry and an Indian contingent of Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy and Mona Meshram.

While the match is indeed a great news for all women's cricket followers in the country, the BCCI has also done a great job in bringing many star players from Australia, England, and New Zealand to take part in the match.

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Alyssa Healy, Australia's wicketkeeper-batter, Beth Mooney, Australia's opener, Suzie Bates, the veteran New Zealand all-rounder, are some of the worldwide stars in the Trailblazers' set-up.

In a previous announcement on Tuesday (May 15), the BCCI announced that Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur will captain the two sides, named IPL Trailblazers and IPL Supernovas respectively. It is understood that the match will follow IPL-style rules. Present and former Indian cricketers, including Raj have spoken out, asking for a tournament along the lines of IPL. However, considering the lack of depth among Indian women's cricketers, the idea was shelved. "We are planning to get a women's IPL in place in two to three years", CoA chief Vinod Rai told AFP.

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