The three-team Women’s T20 Challenge which is held every year during the IPL is unlikely to take place this year. Due to the current restrictions imposed by various countries on Air Travel with India because of the massive surge in COVID-19 cases in India.
The BCCI was planning to organize a camp for the Indian Women’s team. However, the Women’s T20 league is getting canceled this year. As none of the Australian, English, South African, or West Indies cricketers will be able to travel to India because of the unprecedented “health crisis”.
“Getting Indian players Quarantine is not an issue. But no foreign player is keen to travel to India in the current COVID-19 situation. We can conduct the tournament later when the things get more conducive”, a top BCCI source told media on the conditions of anonymity.
Last year the IPL was held in UAE but none of the Australian Cricketers participated in the Women’s T20 Challenge as it coincided with the Women’s Big Bash League. However, with UK, Australia, and New Zealand suspending the flight operations due to the Pandemic. It is practically impossible to conduct the tournament comprising Supernovas, Velocity & Trailblazers.
“Women’s T20 Challenge was supposed to be held in Delhi. But right now every player is scared to come to Delhi & you can’t force them”, said another source.
Talking about the IPL 2021, the tournament is going on smoothly as per the schedule. However, two Australian players Adam Zampa & Kane Richardson have pulled out of the ongoing IPL. And they will fly back home later on Tuesday as they feel the IPL bio-bubble being more vulnerable. The Delhi leg of the IPL 2021 will start today as Chennai Super Kings would face SunRisers Hyderabad in the Match 23 of the IPL 2021 on the grounds of Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.