Earlier in March, Cricket West Indies had announced the inaugural of the Women’s CPL which will run concurrently with the Men’s CPL, starting from August 30. Moving one step ahead in the process of launching Women’s CPL, Cricket West Indies have selected the players for the three Women’s CPL teams. Women’s teams- Barbados Royals, Guyana Amazon Warriors, and Trinbago Knight Riders will be captained by Hayley Matthews, Stafanie Taylor, and Deandra Dottin respectively.
Eleven local players were drafted into each of the three teams from the pool of players put forth by Cricket West Indies. The remaining three slots in each 14-woman squad will be filled by overseas players. As per the sources, the draft of the overseas players will be released soon.
“With Matthews and Taylor rated in the top 10 T20 allrounders in the world and Dottin one of the most destructive batters in the women’s game, all three players have shown their quality for the West Indies and in domestic competitions around the globe, a CPL press release said.
Ricky Skerritt, Cricket West Indies President, said: “This inaugural Women’s version of the CPL represents a huge upward step for West Indies cricket. I am grateful to all those in CPL and CWI who made it happen, especially the three pioneering franchises who have so willingly got on board.”
The plan of launching a Womne’s CPL with the Men’s CPL was officially announced by Cricket West Indies President in March. The step was taken considering the fact that the top cricket bodies are already successfully hosting the Women’s T20 Challenge for the last few years. England, Australia, and New Zealand have all hosted women’s T20 leagues with the same number of teams as the men’s tournaments. India have also hosted four editions of the Women’s T20 Challenge alongside the IPL. Further, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has assured that a full-fledged Women’s IPL will be launched in 2023.
Pete Russell, Hero CPL’s CEO, said: “A Women’s CPL is the next logical step as we grow the brand, and we are very pleased that we have been able to make this a reality in 2022. We are grateful to the CWI, the Barbados Royals, the Guyana Amazon Warriors, and the Trinbago Knight Riders for working with us on this groundbreaking tournament and we look forward to showcasing the tremendous skills of all these talented players.”
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