The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) could soon have women’s cricketers joining the festivities, according to Pete Russell, CPL Chief Operations Officer.
West Indies batter Britney Cooper, on Sunday, made a plea for the CPL to reject cricket as being just a “gentleman’s game” and incorporate women in the annual tournament.
Russell said the CPL has taken notice of the successful staging of the Women’s World T20 in the Caribbean which attracted large crowds at Providence Stadium (Guyana), Darren Sammy Cricket Ground (St Lucia) and Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (Antigua).
Russell believes the interest in the women’s game is there and economically would make sense. He reiterated that for a women’s CPL to become a reality, the Cricket West Indies (CWI) and other major stakeholders need to be on board 100 per cent.
Meanwhile, West Indies women are scheduled to tour England next year for a six-match limited overs series at several major country venues.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Tuesday the itinerary for the much anticipated tour, which will run from June 6-25.
The two teams will contest three T20 Internationals and three one-day internationals, the latter of which will form part of the ICC Women’s Championship – the qualification criteria for the 2021 50-overs World Cup.