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Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur to lead women's teams in T20 Challenge

17 May 2018

Mandhana and Harmanpreet will lead IPL Trailblazers and IPL Supernovas respectively in the upcoming Women's T20 Challenge Match.

BCCI has announced the squads for the Women's T20 Challenge game between Supernovas and Trailblazers on May 22.

The one-off match will feature 26 players, including 10 worldwide cricketers from Australia, England and New Zealand.

Speaking about the T20 Challenge game, Rajeev Shukla, Chairman, IPL, said, "Even as IPL continues to roll like a well-oiled machine, over the last couple of weeks, efforts were made to put in place a similar structure for women cricketers".

Alyssa Healy, Australia's wicketkeeper-batter, Beth Mooney, Australia's opener, Suzie Bates, the veteran New Zealand all-rounder, are some of the worldwide stars in the Trailblazers' set-up.

The star players of the Indian team will rub the shoulders with some of the best foreign cricketers in the shortest format. We've seen the Women's Big Bash League, the Kia Super League, and hopefully in a few years, the women's IPL.

He further informed that the game will be played at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium and will be telecast live in India and across the world.

On the other hand, Diana Edulji - former India women skipper and voice of CoA - added, "The idea was to promote women's cricket and keep the momentum going".

It is also a way to test waters for a women's IPL in near future. The legendary Indian cricketer Mithali Raj will be playing under Kaur who will also have Veda Krishnamurthy, Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry in her side.

Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur to lead women's teams in T20 Challenge