The Indian T20I skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur reckons that the rearranged Women’s T20 Challenge can emerge as a much-needed boost for the game after the forced break due to the COVID-19. She also criticized the scheduling clash with the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) in Australia as she doesn’t find it ideal.
Staged on the sidelines of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the three-team Challenge looked uncertain this year after the IPL was postponed in March following the due to the coronavirus outbreak. BCCI’s decision to organize IPL in the United Arab Emirates from September 19 means Kaur will get a chance to get back on the field in November, though some players including Australia’s Alyssa Healy have criticized the scheduling.
During a recent chat with Reuters through e-mail, Kaur said, “But we have been building something special with women’s cricket in recent years, the board has backed us, and it is important for us to carry the momentum going forward.”
It has been a frustrating time for Kaur and her teammates since they suffered a loss in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup in early March. Their England tour canceled due to the pandemic, there were concerns teh forced break will break the momentum for the women’s cricket in India.
Talking about the same, Harmanpreet said, “No, I am sure cricket fans definitely do remember our run to the final in the World Cup earlier this year. We are now facing some challenging times since and is important for us to get through this.”
Kaur played one of the most dominating knocks in women’s cricket when she amassed 171 off 115 deliveries in the 2017 World Cup semi-finals against Australia.
Talking about India’s chances in the 2021 World Cup, Hamrnapreet said, “As a team and unit we have always grown and showed solidarity. If we perform together as a team I am sure we can reach the summit.”