Cricket: Harmanpreet Kaur rues WBBL clash but bullish about T20 Challenge

India captain Harmanpreet Kaur says the rearranged Women’s T20 Challenge will come as a much-needed boost for the game after the Covid-19 shutdown, though the scheduling clash with the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) in Australia is not ideal.

Staged on the sidelines of the Indian Premier League, the three-team Challenge looked uncertain this year after the IPL was postponed in March following the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The Indian board’s decision to stage the IPL in the United Arab Emirates from Sept. 19 means Kaur will taste competitive cricket again in November, though some players including Australia’s Alyssa Healy have criticised the scheduling.

Kaur said the clash, which means players will have to choose one competition or the other, was a loss for both leagues.

“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,” she told Reuters by email after being named brand ambassador for fantasy sports gaming platform WTF Sports.

It has been a frustrating time for Kaur and her team mates since their run to the final of the Twenty20 World Cup in early March,