90 players picked in inaugural edition
of Bengal Women's T20 Blast
2nd February 2022
The inaugural edition of Byju's Bengal Women's T20 Blast presented by the Cricket Association of Bengal, powered by Fancode saw 90 talented women's cricketers from different age groups being picked into 6 teams at players' draft process today at Eden Gardens.
The first ever players' draft for Women's cricket got off to a classy start with CAB president Avishek Dalmiya delivering the inaugural address with representatives from the respective teams being present at a glitzy affair. CAB Jt secy Debabrata Das, Tour, Fixture & Technical committee chairman Subhankar Ghosh Dastidar, Players' benevolent and benefit fund committee chairman Santanu Mitra, Women's National selector Mithu Mukherjee, Women's cricket committee chairman Shyama Dey (Shaw), Women's Selection Committee chairman Chandana Mukherjee and BCCI match referee Moumita Chakraborty were present on the dias.
The six clubs participating in the tournament are- East Bengal, Rajasthan Club, Md Sporting, Town, Aryan and Kalighat Club.
Inaugurating the first Byju's Bengal Women's T20 blast, CAB President Avishek Dalmiya said: "We are very happy to resume our local tournaments, which were stalled because of the recent Covid19 surge. We have been contemplating over the last few years that club cricket in the women's segment must begin. We tried to start this tournament last season but due to Covid we had to cancel at the last moment. We are extremely happy to start the tournament this year. It's not going to be a one-off tournament and we will be working keenly to make it better with each passing year.
This time we couldn't organise the tournament at Eden Gardens as we have international matches coming up. The pool was created on the basis of the players' statistics, so that there's complete transparency. I thank the clubs for coming forward. We want to create an ecosystem and want the players to be taken care of. Women's cricket in the country is progressing. This tournament will prepare our girls for any national level premiere T20 tournament and and give them the mindset to fight it out in the shortest format of the game. The tournament will be streamed live on Fancode and we aim to make it bigger in the coming years.
I want to thank the office bearers, clubs, coaches and the players for helping us make this tournament a reality."
CAB Jt Secretary Debabrata Das said during the occasion: "We have been planning for a women's tournament involving the clubs for past few years and today we are very happy to start the tournament. Women's cricket is evolving, our girls have been performing really well and this tournament will only make the future of women's cricket better. Covid19 halted our local tournaments but we all have worked hard, took every possible measures to ensure resumption of local cricket. I thank CAB President Avishek Dalmiya for guiding us along with other office bearers, committee members, the clubs, coaches and players for helping us start this tournament."
The tournament will start from 7 February at BCA Kalyani and will conclude on 23 February. All the matches will be streamed live on Fancode.
The program was conducted by Director cricket operations Joydeep Mukherjee.
CAB MEDIA DESK