As the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024 approaches, England’s cricketers face a difficult choice. They have to choose between competing in the T20 league and representing their country in New Zealand. The WPL final will take place on March 17, at the same time as England’s T20I series in New Zealand, which begins on March 19.
Why do they have to leave WPL 2024?
This means that if players stay in the WPL, they may miss opportunities to play for their country. The ECB has informed players in WPL that if they remain in India till the end of the tournament, they won’t consider them for initial matches against the Kiwis. Players now face a difficult decision.
The England squad selection is right around the corner, putting further pressure on players to make a critical choice. They must balance the importance of WPL duties with their responsibilities to the national squad.
Important England players in WPL
These are some significant women cricketers who are participating in the WPL this season.
- Alice Capsey
- Issy Wong
- Nat Sciver-Brunt
- Kate Cross
- Heather Knight
- Sophie Ecclestone
- Danni Wyatt
In the World Premier League, these players earn between Rs 30 lakh and Rs 3.2 crore. The enormous financial stakes add another dimension to their decision-making process, especially given the wide variety of pay.
Captain Heather Knight has demonstrated complete dedication by making herself accessible for the whole New Zealand tour. Her dedication sets an example for the team.
Lauren Bell opted to withdraw from the WPL to focus on her New Zealand tour preparations. Her choice demonstrates how players have different priorities.
Jon Lewis, England’s head coach who also coaches the UP Warriorz, has to make an important decision. He has to decide whether he wants to work for a franchise, or if he wants to continue his commitment with the national team.
These are not new problems. Ever since we have seen a spike in the popularity of franchise-based leagues, the players in Men’s cricket find it hard to balance everything. It has also resulted in injuries. We are seeing the same problems with the women’s cricket as well.
The business in T20 leagues is good. However, it is coming at the expense of international cricket.
So far, the players are preferring their national side. But there are instances where players have decided to play T20 leagues instead of bilateral series from their national side.
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