Looking forward to playing in Women's T20 Challenge, says Smriti Mandhana

Ruben Hill
August 6, 2020

India T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur backed the Board of Control for Cricket in India's decision announcement of the Women's T20 Challenge which is to be held along with the Indian Premier League in UAE.

On Sunday, the BCCI had confirmed that Women's T20 Challenge will take place in the UAE and will comprise of three teams with four matches to be played during the IPL Playoff week.

This event will present the ladies's crew to have some much-needed match apply forward of the 50-over World Cup slated to be performed in New Zealand subsequent 12 months. "It has only motivated us to go one better next time", says Harmanpreet, who along with batsman Suresh Raina was on Wednesday appointed as the global brand ambassador of WTF Sports on Wednesday.

However, numerous Australian women cricketers such as Alyssa Healy and Rachel Haynes have expressed their displeasure over the scheduling of the Women's T20 Challenge. Atapattu, the hard-hitting left-hand batswoman, who was among the highest top-scorers at the last T20 world cup, will most probably be called for this IPL for the second time.

After an extended break because of coronavirus hiatus, the 31-year-old Harmanpreet Kaur will be first time picking the bat in the UAE. Women's World Cup qualifying rounds were scheduled from July 3 to 19 in Sri Lanka, but have been pushed back due to the virus.

The Challenge tournament's (Women's IPL) schedule clashes with the Women's Big Bash League schedule, which is to be played between October 17 and November 29 - and chances are high that most of the Australian players will miss out on the action. Also, it would be her first experience in Dubai so she is excited to know the pitches there. I had questions like how would the wickets be there, as a batter we need to think about these things. We need to play on our strengths, because if you don't play to your strengths, then your natural game doesn't come out. "It was the right decision", she said in an interview withThe Times of India. "I hope we play good cricket in the four games that we will get and entertain everybody", she said. "When there is a long break and after that however good touch you are in, you start doubting yourself". Initially, I may be scared to catch an injury, however, one of the advantages of the lockdown has been that we've worked a lot on our strength, worked a lot in gym sessions. Those things are going to help us on the field.

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