Women’s Cricket: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has refused to give five women cricketers permission to compete in the worldwide women’s T20 Invitational event in Dubai from May 1 to 15, 2022. Cricket Hong Kong and Fairbreak Global are the organizers of the competition. The board has also stated that it is critical for the players to participate in the domestic tournament. A domestic tournament will take place around the same time and it will serve as the basis for qualification for the 2023 T20 World Cup. Looking for more Cricket session tips for free and match guides from the experts? Find them here.

The BCCI has denied issuing No-Objection certificates to the five Indian players who had signed up a contract last year to participate in this event. They are Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, and Jemimah Rodrigues. This event will start on May 1. While the BCCI’s domestic women’s inter-state championship will start in Nagpur on April 18. The knockouts will start on May 1.

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“The BCCI feels that it’s important for all Indian women’s cricketers to play in the domestic T20 tournament as it’s the basis for the qualification for the 2023 T20 World Cup in February in South Africa. The Board also wants its players to be available for the Women’s T20 Challenge. It will start from around May 24.”

A source said according to The Times of India

“The BCCI also denies giving a NOC to GS Lakshmi. She was the match referee during the Women’s World Cup final between England and Australia in New Zealand on April 3. For the Dubai event, Lakshmi is about to be the match referee in the domestic Women’s T20 championship.”

The source further added

Organizers are Disappointed with BCCI

The organizers were disappointed by the BCCI’s decision to not allow the players to participate in the competition.

“The organizers are a bit disappointed that the BCCI has unfortunately denied permission to India’s women’s cricketers to play in this event. Though it has been in clear by the ICC.”

Said a source close to the organizers

The Indian women cricketers have been part of Fairbreak’s Global XIs in 2018 and 2019. The Emirates Cricket Board is hosting the Cricket Hong Kong event. It will include around 90 female cricketers from 36 countries competing in six teams. Fairbreak Global, the event’s organizers, has begun revealing the names of the women cricketers slated to compete in the event, which has already received ICC permission.

Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, and Jemima Rodrigues were among those named, with the organizers expecting no-objection certificates from the BCCI. However, the BCCI has told the organizers that they would not be issuing NOCs due to the ongoing senior women’s national T20 event.

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