New Zealand all-rounder Suzie Bates said on Saturday that a potential women’s edition of the Indian Premier League will not only add a lot of depth to the Indian women’s cricket environment, but also help women’s cricket as a whole grow. “Yes, firstly, it will be the premier league for Indian women’s cricket, and will provide opportunities for the domestic players to play at that level. It will create a lot of depth in the Indian women’s cricket environment. Globally, just to have so many eyes on women’s cricket having an IPL will help the game grow,” Bates said in an interview with ANI.
“A lot of players around the world who have played international cricket would like to participate in a full IPL competition, I think a few players are waiting for this just because of the fame it can bring to women’s cricket,” said Bates.
The all-rounder went on to say it will be interesting to see if the nature of the contracts would change from a women’s IPL event, adding that the money from broadcasting rights could financially change women’s cricket.
“Because that’s where the money comes in for the men’s game. The more we’re on TV, the more broadcasters bring us on TV, the more money comes in for the game,” she added.
Speaking of Devon Conway’s performance in the late stages of the IPL for Chennai Super Kings and how giving them more chances could have changed the fate of the side that struggled in the competition, she said: “Being from New Zealand, I think all New Zealanders should play in the squad. It’s a really tough competition to get chances until you don’t prove yourself at that level. But now that he (Conway) has done that, it will be hard for them (CSK) ) are to leave him out of their starting XI. He has proven himself in tests, ODIs and T20s in India, I’m sure he will get a lot of opportunities. It’s great to see NZ players perform at that level and I know that they also enjoy playing the league.”
Bates said the reason why so many New Zealand players are being picked up in IPL is because of their success as a national team.
“They have a great side in all three formats at the moment. When you play at the peak, players stand out. The more New Zealand players that play in this league, the better Black Caps will be as a side due to the pressure from IPL and the fact that Black Caps don’t play much T20 international cricket. It’s nice for them to play at that level,” added the all-rounder.
Speaking about preparations for next year’s T20 Women’s World Cup in South Africa, Bates said that although the national team is currently on a short break, they will resume training from May 23 and have three camps before heading to England to compete. participate in a T20 tournament at the Commonwealth Games.
“Then we will have a series at home and our domestic Super Smash competition. We will have a good diet of T20 cricket which is good for us in the run up to the World Cup,” she added.
The all-rounder said the women’s national team currently has no coach and is currently undergoing the process of appointing one and that the team is aiming to reach at least the semi-finals in the upcoming T20 Women’s World Cup. “With Sophie Devine in the lead, one of the best T20 all-rounders in the world, we always have a good chance. We just need to make sure all players give their best,” she added.
Speaking about the concept of Fairbreak Invitational 2022, where female players from ICC’s associated countries play with the best cricket clubs, Bates said the tournament is a fantastic opportunity for players who play international cricket for their country but don’t get the chance to play with the best players from best cricket countries of the world.
“To work with Chamari Athapathu, to show Danni Wyatt on the pitch how good she is, to have Heather Knight, one of the best captains in the world, by her side, there is so much growth and learning. The tournament has been brilliant in providing opportunities for players from all over who play cricket I hope it continues and I am thrilled to be a part of it because you have to help players reach their potential and we have a chance for it,” added the all-rounder.
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