90 players drafted for second
Byju’s Bengal Women’s T20 Blast
28th November 2022
After the rousing success of the inaugural edition of the Byju’s Bengal Women’s T20 Blast, drafting for the second edition took place today with 90 women cricketers for six clubs to pick their teams from.
The meet is all set to roll out on December 5 at the picturesque MGR Cricket Academy Ground at Suri with the clubs fighting for the top honours. The purpose behind organising the meet is to identify, promote and nurture talents from Bengal and also to expose the players to the high-octane T20 competition with an eye to the Women’s IPL that BCCI plans to launch soon.
“The second year of the Bengal Women’s T20 Blast is upon us. Thank you to all the clubs for participating in the tournament. For Md Sporting, Rajasthan Club and Kalighat club it is the second season and we thank you for your continued support. We have three new teams. This is a good platform for the players to showcase their talent to the coaches and spotters and this could be a path to the Bengal team and also Women’s IPL in future. I wish the cricketers all the best. You should give your best and you have a great incentive as Jhulan Goswami, who is the Mentor of the Bengal women’s cricket, will be watching your game. This is a great opportunity for all of you. I thank all the sponsors for being with us and Suri for providing such a nice ground,” said CAB President Snehasish Ganguly.
“This is the second edition of the tournament and I am very happy that it is getting bigger every year. The players should make the best use of the meet to impress the selectors. Besides this kind of tournament will inspire other girls to take up cricket and CAB is doing a great job promoting this meet,” said CAB Vice-President Amalendu Biswas.
“It is good to see women’s cricket coming at par with men’s cricket. Last year it was a resounding success and this year I am sure it would be a great success. This is a platform for showcasing your talent and you never know what can happen,” said CAB Secretary Naresh Ojha.
“This tournament was planned by Abhishek Dalmiya, Snehasish Ganguly and TCM and I am happy to see it becoming bigger and better. The girls have to overcome a lot of handicaps to come and play cricket. The fact that we are able to give them an exposure feels good. I wish all the teams very best,” said CAB Joint-Secretary Debabrata Das.
The teams playing are Kalighat Club, Md Sporting Club, Rajasthan Club, Mohun Bagan, Gymkhana and Baranagar Sporting. Each team will have 15 players, including a pre assigned captain, and a coach. The format of the meet will see six players play against each other twice and the top four would head for semi-finals where team ranked one will play four and two and three would lock horns against each other.
“I will watch all the games this year. This kind of tournaments make the supply line stronger and the pool of cricketers bigger. I have got a lot of data about the meet and am waiting to watch some exciting cricket over the next few days. I am sure this tournament will bring to fore new faces and names who would make Bengal’s women’s cricket richer. I thank CAB for organising this meet with so much care and in such a grand manner,” said iconic cricketer Jhulan Goswami.
Last year the inaugural trophy was won by Md Sporting while Rajasthan was the Runners-up.
TEAMS: (THE PLAYERS MARKED IN BOLD ARE MARQUEE PLAYERS IN EACH SIDE)
MD. SPORTING: GOUHER SULTANA ©, DIPA DAS, ANKITA BARMAN, MEGHA GHOSH, PRITI MONDAL, DYUTI PAUL, SHRAYOSI AICH, TAPATI PAUL, RAMA MAHATO, PRIYA PANDEY, MALLIKA ROY, MEGHNA BISWAS, SANGITA KARMAKAR, TAMANNA GHOSH, JANAKI SARKAR
COACH : RITUPARNA ROY
BARANAGAR CLUB: MITA PAUL ©, SHRABANI PAUL, SWATI SAH, PRITI CHOUDHARY, RUPA DUTTA, ITI SARKAR, SUSHMITA GANGULY, ARUNA BARMAN, PALLABI MAHATO, MOULI MONDAL, NISHA MAJI, SOUMI SENGUPTA, SHAHIDA KHATUN, MADHURIMA TARAFDAR, KOMAL JAISWAL
COACH : SHIV SAGAR SINGH
MOHUN BAGAN: DHARA GUJJAR ©, PIYALI GHOSH, SRILEKHA ROY, SAMAYITA ADHIKARI, TITHI DAS, PRIYANKA BALA, PRIYANKA GOLDER, SOUMOSHREE BHOWMICK, PUJA RAJAK, PAMPA SARKAR, RIMI CHOWDHURY, SANDIPTA PATRA, DEBJANI SAHA, CHANDRIMA GHOSAL, BISHAKA DAS
COACH : PARAMITA ROY
GYMKHANA: SUKANYA PARIDA ©, PRATIVA RANA, JHUMIA KHATUN, BARNALI TAMULI, ANAMIKA DAS, SUMANA MONDAL, TITHI DHARA, ANANYA HALDER, SANCHITA ADHIKARY, ANTARA GHOSH, SHREYA KARAR, ZOYA LASKAR, ISHIKA BARUI, SONALI MONDAL, RINKI SAROJ
COACH : GAYATRI MAL
RAJASTHAN CLUB: PARNA PAUL ©, KASHISH AGARWAL, SWETA SINGH, ANUSHKA PAUL, RIYA GOSWAMI, PRIYANKA KURMI, ANINDITA NATH, PRIYANKA SARKAR, ZENAB GAZI, RUKMONI ROY, DEBJANI DAS, PRITI KOYAL, ROSHNI KHATUN, SAGARIKA SENGUPTA, SANJUKTA SARKAR
COACH : GARGI BANERJEE
KALIGHAT CLUB: ANKITA CHAKRABORTY ©, PAYEL VAKHARIA, ANKITA MAHATO, JHUMPA ROY, SANSTHITA BISWAS, SWATA SHAMANTA, SAIKA ISHAQUE, NAMITA MONDAL, ADRIJA SARKAR, SALMA KHATUN, RAJANYA MAITI, RIYA KOHLI, BARSHA DAS, AISHI MUKHOPADHYAY, PRITI BHADRA
COACH : PRABAL DUTTA
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