IPL 2018: Squads For Women's Challenge Match Announced

BCCI announce squads for Women's T20 Challenge

Mandhana and Harmanpreet will lead IPL Trailblazers and IPL Supernovas respectively in the upcoming Women's T20 Challenge Match.

The one-of-its-kind match featuring 26 players including 10 worldwide stars from Australia, England and New Zealand, a BCCI release said. The BCCI said in its statement that decision has been taken considering the success of the Indian team, which reached the final of the World Cup-2017.

There will be a host of Indian and worldwide stars that will take the field for the Women's T20 Challenge match in Mumbai.

Speaking about this T20 Challenge game, Rajeev Shukla, Chairman, IPL, said, "Even as IPL continues to roll like a well-oiled machine, over the last couple of weeks, efforts were made to put in place a similar structure for women cricketers".

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Meanwhile, attacking bat and India women's T20 vice-captain, Smriti Mandhana will lead IPL Trailblazers. "Danielle Wyatt and Daniel Hazell will add the English flavour".

Indian cricketers Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur will be leading IPL Trailblazers and IPL Supernovas in this game.

Shedding more light on the goal of the match, for presenting a canvas for Women's T20 tournament in India, CoA chairman Vinod Rai stated, "This is being staged as a well-deserved exhibition to showcase the tremendous depth and capability that women's cricket in India has achieved". We've seen the Women's Big Bash League, the Kia Super League, and hopefully in a few years, the women's IPL. "Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishanmurthy among others rubbing shoulders with foreign stars will be a unique experience and something that we have not witnessed here in India". The match will be played before the first Qualifier match on May 22 at 2 pm in Mumbai.

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