Women’s Premier League Final Or New Zealand T20Is: England Cricket Board’s Question To Players

Women’s Premier League Final Or New Zealand T20Is: England Cricket Board’s Question To Players

England Players In Dilemma As Women’s Premier League Clashes With New Zealand T20Is

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • ECB has told players that playing the WPL final means they won’t feature in the NZ T20Is.
  • Seven England players are due to feature in WPL 2024.
  • The players involved will have to choose between WPL or playing for England.

England women’s team cricketers have been left in a dilemma as the upcoming season of the Women’s Premier League is all set to clash with their white-ball series against New Zealand. BCCI confirmed this week that the finals of WPL 2024 will take place on the evening of March 17 in Delhi, with the first of five women’s T20Is due to be played in the afternoon on March 19 in Dunedin.

It would be impossible for players to feature in both games. According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, the England Cricket Board has told players involved in WPL 2024 that staying in India until the tournament is over will mean they aren’t considered for selection for the first three T20Is in New Zealand.

The board is expected to name teams for the tour next week. Seven England players are due to feature in WPL 2024: Alice Capsey, Issy Wong, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Kate Cross, Heather Knight, Sophie Ecclestone and Danni Wyatt.

The players involved, reportedly, have weighed multiple factors in their respective decisions. Their WPL 2024 salaries range from Rs 30 lakh to Rs 3.2 crore and while a few players are certain starters for both their franchises and England, others have had to consider their prospects of featuring in either team.

The decisions are complicated further by the sharp recent hike in England women’s match fees and the proximity of the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh later this year. As skipper, Knight is reportedly available for the entire New Zealand tour, which means that if the Royal Challengers Bangalore make the finals, she won’t be available.

Lauren Bell pulled out of WPL 2024 on Friday. The board said that she has ‘withdrawn… to prioritise preparing optimally’ for the New Zealand tour.

In line with WPL 2024 rules, Bell’s decision to withdraw for the entire tournament enabled UP Warriorz to sign a replacement in Sri Lanka’s Chamari Athapaththu.

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