“The idea is for them to get exposure in England,” BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal says
The BCCI has said the participation of its top women players in The Hundred in England will give them much needed experience and exposure to elite opposition ahead of the 50-overs World Cup in New Zealand next year.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) does not allow its male players to participate in overseas franchise-based leagues, though some of the Test specialists play county cricket in England.
Kaur and Mandhana have also previously played in Australia’s Big Bash League.
“The idea is for them to get exposure in England,” BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal told Reuters by telephone. “Some of our boys have played county cricket, and that has given them a great opportunity and exposure. We want to take women cricket forward similarly.
“This experience will definitely come in handy in the World Cup next year.”
After a year without international cricket due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the India women’s team hosted South Africa for a limited-overs series in March and the calendar suddenly looks a lot busier.
“We’re trying to figure out if that can be played with the UAE leg of the IPL,” Dhumal said. “Hopefully we’ll get a window. We’ll have to see venue availability as well.”