After 46 days of high-octane entertainment, the league stages of IPL 2020 concluded yesterday. The focus now shifts to the Women’s T20 challenge which will get kick-started in Sharjah today. What began as a pilot project in 2018 with two teams, WT20C has grown bigger and better. Although it’s still at a nascent level, the seeds have been sown already. So with a hope that a full-fledged IPL for women is conceptualized sooner than later
Owing to the pandemic, WT20C 3.0 has been moved to the UAE akin to the men’s IPL. The norm has been to squeeze the games in the Play-offs window and that tradition has been retained. But this year, the league is colliding with WBBL and as a result, some of the top-tier cricketers will be giving it a miss. Find out more details about which player to look forward to, how the teams have lined up this year and everything else in our tournament preview.
Mithali Raj’s Velocity will take on Harmanpreet Kaur’s Supernovas in the opening fixture at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Supernovas are the big bullies, having bagged back-to-back titles. Can they make it three in a row? Meanwhile, Velocity were the runners-up in the last season, will this year be theirs? Lot of exciting names in all the the three squads and one such is Natthakan Chantham, who is the first cricketer from Thailand to feature in the league and will be playing for the Trailblazers. Shafali Verma was one of the finds last year, who’s going to create ripples this time? This is an ideal platform for the lesser known cricketers to make their mark, so let’s see who’ll showcases their talent and potential apart from the usual big names.