New Zealand all-rounder Suzie Bates said on Saturday that a possible women’s edition of the Indian Premier League would not only add a lot of depth to the Indian women’s cricket environment but would also help women’s cricket to develop as a whole. “Yes, firstly, it will be the most important competition for Indian women’s cricket, providing opportunities for national players to play at this level. It will create a lot of depth in the Indian women’s cricket environment. Overall, just to have so many eyes on women’s cricket by having an IPL, is going to help the game grow,” Bates said in an interview with ANI.
“Many players around the world who have played international cricket would like to take part in a full IPL competition, I think a few players are waiting for this just because of the exposure it could give to women’s cricket,” Bates said.
The all-rounder further said it would be interesting to see if the nature of contracts would change from a women’s IPL event, and added that broadcast rights money can change women’s cricket financially.
“Because that’s where the money comes in for the men’s game. The more we are on TV, the more broadcasters put us on TV, the more money will come in for the game,” she added.
Speaking about Devon Conway’s performances in the later stages of the IPL for Chennai Super Kings and how giving more chances could have changed the fortunes of the struggling team in the league, she said: “Being new Zealand, I think every New Zealander in the team should play. It’s a very tough competition to get opportunities until you don’t prove yourself at this level. But now that it ( Conway) did that it will be hard for them (CSK) to leave him out of their starting XI He has proven himself in Tests, ODI and T20 in India I am sure he will have lots of opportunities. It’s great to see New Zealand players performing at this level and I know they enjoy playing competitively too.”
Bates said the reason so many New Zealand players are selected in the IPL is their success as a national team.
“They have a great team at the moment in all three formats. When you play at the top, the players stand out. The more New Zealand players in this competition, the better the Black Caps will be due to the pressure of the IPL and the fact that the Black Caps don’t play a lot of international T20 cricket, it’s good for them to be able to play at this level,” added the all-rounder.
Regarding preparations for the T20 Women’s World Cup in South Africa next year, Bates said that although the national team is currently on hiatus, they will return to training from May 23 and will have three camps before leaving for England to participate in a T20 tournament. at the Commonwealth Games.
“Then we will have a home series and our domestic Super Smash competition. We are going to have a good T20 cricket feed which is good for us ahead of the World Cup,” she added.
The all-rounder said that the women’s national team currently does not have a coach and is currently in the process of appointing one and that the team aims to at least reach the semi-finals of the next Women’s T20 World Cup . “With Sophie Devine leading the team, one of the best T20 all-rounders in the world, we always have a good chance. We just have to make sure that all the players give their best,” said she added.
Regarding the concept of the 2022 Fairbreak Invitational, which involves players from ICC-associated nations playing with top cricket teams, Bates said the tournament is a fantastic opportunity for players who play international cricket for their country but who cannot play with the best players from the best cricketing nations in the world.
“To beat with Chamari Athapathu, to have Danni Wyatt show on the pitch how good she is, to have Heather Knight, one of the best captains in the world, on her side, there’s so much growing and learning. tournament has been brilliant in providing opportunities for players from anywhere who play cricket I hope this continues and I love being a part of it because you need to help players reach their potential and we have an opportunity for that,” the all-rounder added.
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