Big players such as Marizanne Kapp, Stafanie Taylor, Suzie Bates, and Fatima Sana are all set to participate with cricketers from countries like Bhutan, Brazil, and Vanuatu in a first-of-its-kind women’s T20 event, scheduled to start on 1st May in Dubai.
As per a report in ESPN Cricinfo, it will be a privately funded six-team tournament. It is being conducted conceptualized by gender-equality operation Fairbreak. The tournament is set to bring together cricketers from 35 countries for 19 matches over 15 days.
A number of star players will participate in the tournament. However, there is still uncertainty on whether BCCI will grant NOC to players like Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur to participate in the tournament.
“There’s never been a cricket tournament like it,” Martyn told BBC Stumped recently. “As far as I know, there’s never been 36 [35, if the Indians don’t take part] countries involved in any team sporting event outside of an Olympic Games. Over the years, we’ve identified and unearthed a lot of talent in Associate nations that you don’t get to see because there’s not the opportunity for them to play.”
It is pertinent to note that, the tournament won’t have any auction or draft system. The players will be divided into teams by the organizers themselves.
All the squads are yet to be finalized. Though, it has been clear that Tornadoes will be captained by Taylor. The side will also feature players like Devine, Luus, Katey Martin, Diana Baig, Aliya Riaz, and, Hong Kong’s Maryam Bibi and Natasha Miles.
The tournament is set to be screened on a host of international broadcast services with a vision to be staged biannually, with events in Dubai and Hong Kong in the future.