Shantha Rangaswamy. (TOI Photo)
MUMBAI: The BCCI’s decision to host the third edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from November 1-10, involving three teams, has pleased Board Apex Council member and former India women’s captain Shantha Rangaswamy.
Rangaswamy believes that the announcement of the tournament is a reminder to those who were pessimistic about the future of women’s cricket in India after the BCCI cancelled the India women’s tour to England for a Tri-Series in September due to a the covid situation, that women’s cricket in the country is in safe hands.
“I welcome IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel’s statement that three teams will play in the women’s T20 Challenge this year. I would like to thank him, and everyone connected with this decision at the BCCI. Just a fortnight back, people were predicting a doom’s day for women’s cricket in India. This is just a reminder to them that nothing is permanent. Women’s cricket has bounced back, and will bounce back in the future too,” Rangaswamy, , who is a nominee of the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) in the BCCI Apex Council, told TOI on Monday.
“This is excellent news . Our ODI World Cup campaign to finally kick start . A big thank you to @SGanguly99@BCCI@JayShah and thank you @BoriaMajumdar for your support to women’s cricket,” India’s ODI captain Mithali Raj had tweeted on Sunday after getting the news.