Suzie Bates, Lea Tahuhu, Amy Satterthwaite and Amelia Kerr are hoping to leave a mark when they play in the Women's T20 Challenge matches on the sidelines of the Indian Premier League.
The quartet make up one-third of the overseas contingent for this year's four exhibition matches, alongside players from England, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Bates, Devine and Tahuhu featured in last year's lone exhibition game too. They are happy to see the increase in fixtures this season and are hopeful that this is a signal that a full-fledged women's IPL could take place in the future.
"I’m really excited to have been given the opportunity to head to India and play with some of the best players in the world," said Bates on Wednesday, 1 May. "It’s great to see they’re further developing the competition and I hope it will continue to grow even bigger in years to come."
Women's cricket has made giant strides in the recent past with Twenty20 leagues cropping up in Australia and England. The IPL also seems to warming up to the idea, and the future looks exciting.
"The experience of the one-off game last year gave an insight into what a great competition a women’s IPL would be and the positive impact it would have on the continual development of the women’s game," said Tahuhu.
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Added Devine: "It’s great for the women’s game globally that the BCCI are looking at running an event similar to the IPL and it will hopefully further showcase the women’s game."
The 19-year-old Amelia Kerr is looking forward to her first experience of cricket in India. She's been a prolific wicket-taker in T20 International cricket, and one expects her leg-spin to prove more effective in these conditions. She can't wait to try out for herself.
"I think this could be the start of something very exciting for women’s cricket," she said. "I’m looking forward to playing alongside some of the world’s best players and getting over to India and testing myself in their conditions."
Three teams – Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity – will face one another in a round-robin format to compete for a place in the final. The first match will be between Supernovas and Trailblazers on 6 May.
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