Not a ques­tion of ‘if’, it’s a ques­tion of ‘when’ – Women’s CPL on the cards

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) may soon in­clude women crick­eters, ac­cord­ing to Pete Rus­sell, the tour­na­ment’s Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer.

Speak­ing to Newsday, Rus­sell said that the in­volve­ment of women’s cricket in the CPL has come un­der dis­cus­sion over the past few years and would not be seen as a risk.

“We have al­ready dis­cussed the fea­si­bil­ity of a women’s tour­na­ment with Cricket West In­dies (CWI), or a women’s ex­hi­bi­tion match, af­ter the 2017 tour­na­ment, and have been dis­cussing how we can make it work since then,” he said.

“Any cricket tour­na­ment is a huge lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenge to ar­range and there are a lot of ques­tions that would need to be an­swered be­fore we could com­mit to go­ing ahead. But it is some­thing that we are keen to have as part of the CPL pro­gramme. It is not a ques­tion of ‘if’, it is a ques­tion of ‘when’.”

Rus­sell’s com­ments come on the back of the hugely suc­cess­ful ICC Women’s World T20 2018 which was hosted across Guyana, Saint Lu­cia and An­tigua. While the Windies crashed out in the semi-fi­nals to even­tual cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia, the tour­na­ment saw ex­cel­lent at­ten­dance. ICC Chief Ex­ec­u­tive David Richard­son was full of praise for the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“On be­half of the ICC, I would like to con­grat­u­late Cricket West In­dies for or­gan­is­ing a tour­na­ment that proved to be a cel­e­bra­tion of cricket. The crowds came out in thou­sands to watch and the tour­na­ment dis­played the love peo­ple in this part of the world have for the game,” said Richard­son.

For Rus­sell, the growth of do­mes­tic T20 leagues in the women’s game in­di­cates that a tour­na­ment in the Caribbean could prove to be a suc­cess. “We think this is a fea­si­ble op­tion. We have seen with the Women’s Big Bash in Aus­tralia, the Su­per League in Eng­land and in the re­cently com­pleted ICC Women’s World T20 that the women’s game is on the rise and needs to be taken very se­ri­ously,” he said.

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