Indian Women’s T20I Captain Harmanpreet Kaur on Wednesday expressed her happiness with the BCCI’s decision of conducting Women’s T20 league in the UAE.
She also said that she wants the first edition of the full-fledged women’s IPL to take place in India when the situation improves in the country & when “time is right”. Harmanpreet said to media, “I think we are definitely in the right direction towards having a women’s IPL, I feel the first edition of women’s IPL should be held in India when the time is right.”
The upcoming edition of the Men’s IPL will now be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10 as the coronavirus cases continues to rise in India. The IPL governing Council met on Sunday through video-conference & discussed different issues which prevails in conducting the IPL 2020 edition. The 13th edition of the IPL will be held in UAE at three different venues i.e., Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah.
The BCCI also took a historic decision of conducting Women’s T20 Challenge during the Men’s IPL Playoff Week. The BCCI said in its Official statement, “Women’s T20 Challenge will also take place in the UAE and will comprise three teams with four matches to be played during the IPL Playoff week.”
Talking about her lockdown period Kaur said that it was a challenging time for her. She quoted as saying, “It was challenging since we are used to travelling, training and playing on match days. It is important for us to be patient at such times.”
Many cricketers have not hit the cricket pitch since few months due to the havoc of coronavirus. Kaur is hopeful that she will turn back to the set fitness levels once her fitness training & practice sessions gets started. Kaur quoted as saying, “There will not be much impact. With the right guidelines and training in place, I am sure we will hit peak fitness levels since we have been training indoors during the lockdown”.