Ashleigh Gardner disappointed with WBBL-Women's T20 Challenge dates clash
Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner has said that in order to get back to cricketing action, the players would be willing to step into a biosecure bubble and play matches. The team is expected to get back to action in September with a three-match T20I series against New Zealand in Sydney.
“We might need to potentially wrap our heads around going into a bubble and potentially being away from family and friends for an extended time,” said Gardner on Tuesday (August 4), speaking on the sidelines of an event.
“But I think the players will be willing to do that to get out there and play some cricket, because it’s going to feel like forever since we have played a game of cricket by the time it comes around.”
Gardner, who was part of the last international match that was played by women on March 8 – the Women’s T20 World Cup final, also expressed disappointment at the clash of dates of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) and Women’s T20 Challenge. While the WBBL will kickoff on October 17, the Women’s T20 Challenge is set to be played in the first ten days of November, which will be the last week of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
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“Disappointing would probably be the right word if that was to go ahead,” said Gardner, who plies her trade for Sydney Sixers in the WBBL.
“People have seen how successful and competitive the WBBL has been for the first five years of it, and it would be really unfortunate for two things to clash like that.”
Earlier, Alyssa Healy also expressed her disappointment at the schedule clash, while Lydia Greenway said that separate windows for these competitions will help.