The much-anticipated Challenger series . It popularly known as the mini IPL for women . It will take place in the United Arab Emirates from 4 to 9 November . A senior IPL official announced the development on Wednesday .
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, women’s cricket in India has come to a grinding halt . There was a lot of anger aimed at the BCCI even though President Sourav Ganguly had repeatedly maintained that the three-team tournament will definitely take place . And which has now been confirmed by a senior official currently in the UAE . Yes, the tournament dates have been finalised . It is being held from 4 to 9 November . Between the three Trailblazers, Velocity and Supernovas squads .
There will be a single round robin league along with the final .
A senior IPL official privy to the development informed PTI regarding terms of anonymity in all four matches that take place . The final was held on November 9, so we didn’t want to schedule it on the men’s final day . “The women’s event is of immense importance . It is only economically wise that it is segregated from the men’s event,” said the official .Just last week, under former left-arm spinner Neetu David . The BCCI named a new women’s selection panel that has now been tasked with picking the three squads . The teams are required to migrate to the UAE by the second week of October . And it experience a six-day obligatory arrival quarantine period unless the health safety regulations change . For quite a long time . The girls have not had preparation . They will need to be given enough time for net practise . ”The source added.All three teams are likely to have more Indian girls this time given the fact that teams tend to bring more players for health protection purposes. Because of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), where they have already signed previous contracts, top players from Australia and England will also not be eligible . WBBL’s dates clash with the women’s challengers.
Three Indian players were supposed to star in the WBBL, Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur, but now they are not going to be part of the franchise league for cash-rich women.Considering that Abu Dhabi has distinct quarantine rules, the four matches are likely to be held in Sharjah or Dubai.