Similar to how IPL did when it debuted with fanfare in 2008, the inaugural Women’s T20 Premier League (WPL) is attracting interest from all across the world ahead of its premiere in March. Cape Town is buzzing as it prepares for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, which begins on Friday. The five franchises are finalizing their coaching and support staff ahead of the February 13 player auction in Mumbai. The WPL was the primary topic of conversation as the 10 skippers spoke to the media on Saturday.
Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of India, has advocated strongly for a women’s T20 league in her country. She did, however, warn her squad members to avoid getting sidetracked as India attempts to win their maiden ICC trophy. “Before the auction, we have a very important game and we are just going to focus on that,” she said, referring to the February 12 opening game against Pakistan.
“The World Cup is more important than anything else. Our focus is on the ICC trophy. These things will keep coming, and as a player you know what is important and how you need to keep your focus. We are all mature enough and know what is important to us. The auction day will be a big day for all of us because we have been waiting for years and years. The next two or three months are very important for women’s cricket. We have seen how the WBBL and The Hundred have helped their countries improve their cricket. Hopefully, the same will happen for our country,” said Kaur, who has played in the Women’s Big Bash League, Kia League as well as The Hundred.