The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the squads and fixtures for the 2020 edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge which will take place in Dubai.
Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj have been named as captains of Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity respectively. Meanwhile, the three-match tournament will be played on November 4, 5 and 7 whereas the final will take place on November 9.
While the venues are not yet announced by the board, the matches will begin at 7:30 PM IST (6:00 PM UAE time), apart from the second game which will start on 3.30 PM (IST). The tournament will begin with the last year’s champions Supernovas play against Velocity on November 4. Velocity and Trailblazers will take on each other on November 5 followed by the Trailblazers vs Supernovas game on November 7 as well.
However, three squads have 15 members each which also included four overseas players in each team as well. For Supernovas, Chamari Athapaththu, Shashikala Siriwardene, Shakera Selman and Ayabonga Khaka have been named. Meanwhile, Deandra Dottin, Sophie Ecclestone and Salma Khatun will take part in the Trailblazers team, alongside Natthakan Chantham – the first Thailand cricketer to be featured in the tournament. On the other hand, Danielle Wyatt, Leigh Kasperek, Sune Luus and Jahanara Alam will play for the Velocity team.
However, Sophie Devine, Suzie Bates, Natalie Sciver, Stafanie Taylor, Amelia Kerr, Lea Tahuhu, Hayley Matthews, who took part in the previous season – aren’t going to take part of the Women’s T20 Challenge this year as the tournament will clash with the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) in Australia.
WBBL is one the best T20 leagues played in Australia and several overseas players take part in it. This year the tournament will begin on October 25 and end on November 29.
Squads for the Women’s T20 Challenge
Supernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Jemimah Rodrigues (VC), Chamari Athapaththu, Priya Punia, Anuja Patil, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia (WK), Shashikala Siriwardene, Poonam Yadav, Shakera Selman, Arundhati Reddy, Pooja Vastrakar, Ayushi Soni, Ayabonga Khaka, Muskan Malik
Trailblazers: Smriti Mandhana (C), Deepti Sharma (VC), Punam Raut, Richa Ghosh, D. Hemalatha, Nuzhat Parween (WK), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Harleen Deol, Jhulan Goswami, Simaran Dil Bahadur, Salma Khatun, Sophie Ecclestone, Natthakan Chantham, Deandra Dottin, Kashvee Gautam
Velocity: Mithali Raj (C), Veda Krishnamurthy (VC), Shafali Verma, Sushma Verma (WK), Ekta Bisht, Mansi Joshi, Shikha Pandey, Devika Vaidya, Sushree Dibyadarshini, Manali Dakshini, Leigh Kasperek, Danielle Wyatt, Sune Luus, Jahanara Alam, M. Anagha.