Women’s T20 Challenge 2022: Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, and Shikha Pandey won’t participate in this year’s Women’s T20 Challenge. These players are noticeable exclusions from the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) rosters for the upcoming Women’s T20 Challenge. Deepti Sharma will lead the Velocity team, which was headed by Raj in the last edition of the event in 2020, while Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur will continue to lead the Trailblazers and Supernovas, respectively.
Despite retiring from the T20I cricket, Raj and Goswami were part of the tournament’s 2020 edition. Pandey, who represented Velocity in that tournament, was left out of India’s home match against South Africa in March 2021 and hence missed the 50-over World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year. The arrival of Kiran Navgire, who made headlines with an undefeated 162* while playing for Nagaland in the domestic T20 competition, compensates for the absence of hard-hitting batter Veda Krishnamurthy.
Alana King, an Australian leg spinner, is among the season’s international players. Due to a scheduling conflict with the WBBL, Australian cricketers will miss the 2020 season. The other overseas cricketers in the competition are Sophie Ecclestone, Sophia Dunkley-Brown, Kate Cross (England), Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Ayabonga Khaka (South Africa), Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Salma Khatun, Sharmin Akter (Bangladesh), and Natthakan Chantham (Thailand).
Women’s T20 Challenge
The fourth iteration of the T20 Challenge will begin on May 23 with a rematch of the 2020 finals between the Trailblazers and the Supernovas. For a second time running, a team will have a little more than 12 hours of recovery between games with Supernovas scheduled to play the evening game on May 23 and the afternoon clash the following day. The final will take place on May 28, while all games will take place at Pune’s MCA Stadium.