Smriti Mandhana. (Image-Twitter)
Smriti Mandhana. (Image-Twitter)

India women’s team batter Smriti Mandhana has opined that this is the right time to start a women’s T20 league in order to ensure that it will help build a good squad for the Indian women’s team, like how the Indian Premier League (IPL) has done for Indian men’s team over the years.

Smriti Mandhana Feels It’s The Right Moment To Start A Women’s T20 League To Build A Strong Indian Women’s Team
Smriti Mandhana (Image Credit: Twitter)

The BCCI has started a Women’s T20 Challenge which features Indian women cricketers and players from around the world competing in a short three-team league played in the middle of the IPL. The three teams are Supernovas, Velocity, and Trailblazers, with Mandhana captaining the Trailblazers.

A Women’s League Definitely Gives A Boost To Women’s Cricket, Gives Confidence To Youngsters: Smriti Mandhana

Smriti Mandhana gave the example of how the Indian Premier League has given the Indian men’s team an amazingly strong bench consisting of young talents and says a similar women’s T20 league will help in building up a strong squad and giving strength to youngsters.

Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana. Image-Twitter

“Yeah, I think the kind of performances we’ve had in the last three-four years is great. The average age of the Indian women’s team is 23-24, which means that there are a lot of young players. The league definitely gives a boost to women’s cricket and gives confidence to youngsters. We’ve seen in men’s cricket; debutants are facing 145-150 speed deliveries quite comfortably. You can’t see that they’re nervous on their debut,” said Mandhana in a podcast on Red Bull’s Decoding Athletes series.

“The league has played a big role in that, and it’s going to help women’s cricket as well. If you really want to get a strong women’s team in India, it’s the right time to get a women’s league,” she added.

I’m From Maharashtra, So Would Love To Play For Mumbai Indians: Smriti Mandhana

Mandhana spoke about how she would like to play for a Mumbai-based team in women’s T20 league, like Mumbai Indians, given that she hails from Maharashtra.

Smriti Mandhana. (Image-Twitter)
Smriti Mandhana. (Image-Twitter)

“I think at the moment I’m happy to lead Trailblazers. But if given a choice, and because I’m from Maharashtra, so Mumbai probably. But I think all the teams are so good and they look after the players so well. Any team would be amazing for development as a player,” she said.

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