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06-2022

Hayley Matthews, Stephanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin set to captain women’s CPL teams

Hayley Matthews, Stephanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin set to captain women's CPL teams

Three teams, drawn to run side-by-side with the men’s CPL, have been drafted for a women’s Caribbean Premier League. Barbados Royals, Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders will be captained by Hayley Matthews, Stephanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin respectively.

The teams were drawn from a pool of players put together by Cricket West Indies, with 33 cricketers selected. The remaining three players in each 14-women’s team will be drafted as overseas players. The tournament will begin on August 30, with St Kitts hosting the entire tournament. The overseas players are to be announced in due course.

“Matthew and Taylor are rated among the top 10 T20 all-rounders in the world and Dottin is one of the most destructive batsmen in the women’s game, with all three players showing their quality in domestic competitions for the West Indies and around the world, A CPL press release said.

Ricky Skerritt, President of Cricket West Indies, said: “This inaugural women’s edition of the CPL represents a major upward move for West Indian cricket. I am grateful to all those in the CPL and CWI who have made it happen, especially the three leading franchises. who therefore voluntarily got on board.”

There was a WCPL working with the league officially announced by Skerrit in March. England, Australia and New Zealand have all hosted the women’s T20 league, with the same number of teams as the men’s tournament. India has hosted four editions of the Women’s T20 Challenge as well as the IPL, and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has assured that a full-fledged women’s IPL will be launched soon.

Hero CPL CEO Pete Russell said: “A one-woman CPL is the next logical step as we grow the brand, and we are very pleased that we are able to make this a reality in 2022. We are grateful to CWI. Barbados Royals, Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders to work with us in the breaking tournament and we look forward to showcasing the tremendous skills of all these talented players.”

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