“I’d be standing right behind Women’s IPL and supporting it wherever I can,” says Alyssa Healy

As cricket seems to return to resumption, there are questions hovering around scheduling and accommodation of everything that went undone due to the pandemic and lockdown. Alyssa Healy, as per reports, has repeated her words on the clashes of women’s domestic competition.

 

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She believes that the decision around domestic competition featuring female players should be determined with the intent of serving women’s cricket best. She said that domestic tournaments with the best players from around the globe add to the quality of their game and stressed on the South African side’s entry into the recent World Cup’s semifinals as a testament to the WBBL.

In her conversation with ESPNcricinfo, she said that “The women’s game is naturally different from the men’s game. Sometimes, decisions that are made at the top level for the men’s game doesn’t necessarily reflect what we need within women’s cricket”.

While talking about the recently released documentary Beyond The Boundary, she said that “Hopefully, the boards are deciding what’s best for the women’s game because it is actually best for the women’s game”. Healy was in the news after she openly expressed her displeasure over the clashes of WBBL and WIPL.

She said that “There’s plenty of time throughout the year to schedule these events”.

On WIPL, she further added that “For me, personally, it’s something I will absolutely love to be involved in, but I have got a WBBL to be part of and, for me, that’s the premier domestic competition in the world right now for T20 cricket. And, for me, I can’t turn down a contract like that to be able to go elsewhere to play in another domestic competition”.

She further highlighted the importance of these leagues is great and reveals that South African players have been active in WBBL and six big names including the Protea skipper have already signed for the upcoming season. Healy says that the qualification of Proteas in the semifinals is not a coincidence. She said that she would extend her complete support to any talks of a full-fledged women’s IPL.

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She lastly commented that “I just hope it didn’t clash and I would like to see them play at opposite ends of the year potentially – whatever it might look like, so that us international cricketers can stick our hand up, and come over and support and play a role, if we are wanted. That was probably why I was so vocal about it. But, in saying that, it is such a fantastic thing for Indian cricket to have their own competition and I hope it’s really successful for them”.

News Source: ESPN Cricinfo

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