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WPL will assist India produce extra ready gamers, cross the ultimate hurdles in ICC occasions: Zaheer Khan

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Speaking forward of the WPL opening ceremony, former India pacer Zaheer Khan stated he hopes the Women’s Premier League helps produce extra ready cricketers sooner or later and helps determine abilities on the grass root stage.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Mar 4, 2023 19:24 IST

Smriti Mandhana will lead RCB within the Women’s Premier League (PTI Photo)

By India Today Sports Desk: Former India quick bowler and Mumbai Indians’ Head of Global Cricket Operations Zaheer Khan on Saturday stated he was excited to see the beginning of the much-anticipated Women’s Premier League, saying the franchise-based T20 league will assist Indian cricket evolve and produce extra large stage-ready gamers.

The inaugural version of the Women’s Premier League bought underway with a glittering opening ceremony on the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Saturday. Bollywood actors Kiara Advani, Kriti Sanon together with celebrated rapper AP Dhillon added glitz and glamour to the opening ceremony, offering leisure to 1000’s of followers who turned as much as watch the momentous event on the DY Patil Stadium.

BCCI president Roger Binny, secretary Jay Shah and IPL chairman Arun Dhumal have been additionally on the occasion in Navi Mumbai earlier than the season opener between Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Giants bought underway on Saturday.

A complete of twenty-two matches shall be performed from March 4 to twenty-eight throughout two venues in Mumbai within the 5-team WPL. Smriti Mandhana (RCB), Harmanpreet Kaur (MI), Alyssa Healy (UP Warriorz), Meg Lanning (Delhi Capitals) and Beth Mooney (Gujarat Gitans) have been the 5 captains because the first-ever IPL public sale noticed the massive names incomes large and unknown names getting the highlight.

WPL Opening Ceremony: Highlights

All 5 captains lined up after the performances on the opening ceremony.

“Exposure to some of the best players is something which will in turn translate into producing, even more, better-prepared players for international cricket. That’s the exciting part and the results of that will definitely be seen in a couple of years at the international level for sure,” Zaheer Khan advised Sports 18.

“The Indian women’s team have been consistent at the international level, it’s just the last leg that they have not been able to cross in a tournament like the World Cup. You will be able to cross that bridge for sure, I think. You crossed it with the U19 women, winning that World Cup trophy. With the senior team also, you will see and it will be a lot to do with a tournament like this, a lot to do with the infrastructure and the knowledge that they will be receiving through a tournament like this,” he added.

The inaugural version of the IPL bought underway in 2008 and the T20 league has solely helped higher the panorama of Indian cricket and Zaheer stated he hopes the WPL sustains itself by discovering an increasing number of abilities on the grassroots stage.

“This needs to continue. This is like 2-3 weeks in a year, we are talking right now. We have to set those building blocks as well to sustain it round the year, to have that process being filtered down to the academies where more and more girls can take up cricket. It’s just the administrative part, which I am sure the BCCI will take. The results of that will happen in the times to come,” Zaheer added.

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Mar 4, 2023