Women's T20 Challenge to take place in UAE as a three-team event
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that the Women’s T20 Challenge will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a three-team event during the men’s Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs and the teams will play four matches. The decision was taken during the IPL Governing Council (GC) meeting on Sunday (August 2) and the tournament will go ahead along with the IPL pending the necessary clearances from the government.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had earlier confirmed the decision to go ahead with the tournament. “I can confirm to you that the women’s IPL is very much on and we do have a plan in place for the national team also,” Ganguly told PTI ahead of the IPL Governing Council meeting.
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BCCI had announced on February 29 that a four-team tournament will be played in Jaipur during the IPL play-offs, but the tournament was postponed along with the IPL in light of the restrictions imposed by the government owing to COVID-19 pandemic. But the rescheduled tournament will now be a three-team affair.
The 2019 edition of the tournament was deemed a success with the three teams involved – Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity – playing some fantastic cricket in front of a houseful audience in Jaipur.
The release also said the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to conduct the matches in a safe bio-secure environment will be finalised and published at a later date.
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Ganguly also talked about a potential home series for Indian side against South Africa in October. It is understood that there will be a preparatory camp for all the contracted players ahead of the series.
The BCCI is yet to appoint new set of selectors since the last panel led by Hemlata Kala completed their tenure with the selection of the team for the T20 World Cup. They have invited applicants to fill the posts in January, but since then the posts have remained vacant.