Cricket West Indies is making big strides to make women’s cricket in the country stronger than ever. In the same light, the Caribbean cricket board is looking to host the Women’s CPL this year alongside the Men’s tournament. A few reports have claimed that there will be three teams fighting for the coveted title in the inaugural edition of the tournament.
Both CPL and WCPL are set to take place over a month’s period from August 30 to September 30. The three teams that are expected to take part in the Women’s league are Barbados Royals, Guyana Amazon Warriors, and Trinbago Knight Riders. However, the format and the venues for WCPL are not yet confirmed.
CWI introducing Women’s CPL is not a surprise at all. The board has been making efforts to give chance to women’s cricketers in the country. For a start, they had arranged two exhibition T10 matches featuring West Indies’ top women cricketers. The board had also hoped this event would pave the way “for a sustainable women’s league in the future.” The WCPL represents a significant step forward since then.
“Increasing the opportunities for West India women and girls to get involved in cricket is one of CWI’s strategic priorities, and we are delighted that we have been able to partner with CPL to further the expansion plans that we had first unveiled in 2019 prior to the arrival of the Covid Pandemic,” Ricky Skerritt, the Cricket West Indies President, said.
“We are confident that all CPL women’s games will be highly competitive and will add quality entertainment to our fans in the region and around the world.”
Cricket Boards taking initiative
Cricket West Indies becomes the latest board to introduce the Women’s edition of the country’s own T20 League. Cricket Australia, New Zealand Cricket, and the ECB already have their women’s tournaments in place. Meanwhile, the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) is still to work on a full-fledged women’s IPL.
However, BCCI will be hosting the second edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge in May this year. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah have also promised that the Women’s edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be launched really soon.