Knight, Ecclestone, Wolvaardt among 12 foreigners for the Women’s T20 Challenge, King only Australian | Cricket News


NEW DELHI: England captain Heather Knight, world number one bowler Sophie Ecclestone and Australian player Alana King are among 12 foreign players who will compete in the Women’s T20 Challenge starting May 23 in Pune.
Alana, who impressed at the recent World Cup in New Zealand, is the only cricketer available in Australia for the three-team, four-match exhibition event.
Apart from Knight and Ecclestone, Sophia Dunkley and Danni Wyatt are the other English cricketers who have signed up for the competition.
South African star flyhalf Laura Wolvaardt and Marizanne Kapp will also be part of the event alongside West Indians Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews.
The Women’s Challenge did not take place last year and the next edition is expected to be the last, with BCCI planning a full women’s IPL from next year.
“Heather Knight has confirmed. Alana has also confirmed and is the only Australian. A total of 12 overseas players are available,” a BCCI source told PTI.
The England captain, who led her team to the World Cup final last month, is currently in the United Arab Emirates for the FairBreak Invitational T20 event alongside the rest of the players bound for the Women’s T20 Challenge.
The Indian players for the event will soon be selected and performances from the recently concluded T20 domestic event will be considered.
KP Navgire scored the most runs in the competition, 525, followed by Indian hitters Yastika Bhatia and Shafali Verma.
The top three wicket takers were Aarati S Kedar, Sujata Malik and Priyanka Priyadarshini.
In the final Women’s T20 Challenge in 2020, Smrit Mandhana-led Trailblazers claimed the trophy after defeating Harmanpreet Kaur-led Supernovas in the final.

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