In order to play in the upcoming domestic season, India's vice-captain Smriti Mandhana, has chosen to skip the WBBL for the second consecutive year. Mandhana decided not to include her name in the list of 122 players for the first WBBL overseas draft this time and may instead play for Maharashtra in the domestic season, which will run from October 19 to January 26 of the next year and overlap with the WBBL.
In order to manage her schedule and concentrate on her India responsibilities during a busy international year, she had already skipped the 2022–23 WBBL. The WBBL, which will begin on October 19 and go until December 2 this year, will slightly coincide with India's busy home season. From mid-December to mid-January, India will host England and Australia for one Test match each and a total of nine ODIs and T20s.
Mandhana, who on Sunday won the Women's Hundred final with the Southern Brave, has participated in three of the WBBL's eight seasons so far, playing for the Sydney Thunder, Hobart Hurricanes, and Brisbane Heat.
Talking about the India women’s domestic season, the Senior Women's T20 Trophy will be played from October 19 to November 9, which will kick off the domestic women's cricket season in India. The Senior Women's Inter-Zonal Trophy will be held in its place from November 24 to December 4, followed by the Senior Women's One-Day Trophy from January 4 to 26, 2024.