All the scuttlebutts about a Women’s league have been put to rest, as an English county style Women’s Super League has been confirmed and is said to begin in July this year. With some of the biggest stars of Women’s cricket in Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Sarah Taylor and Stephanie Taylor, the teams are set to compete in a round-robin event.
A call for a Women’s League had gathered pace, post the success of the Women’s Big Bash earlier this year and the WSL is very easily the product that was desired. “One of the driving principles behind the establishment of the Kia Super League was to create a world-class competition where the world’s best play. Revealing who the overseas players will be undoubtedly hits this mark. The six teams are all brimming with talent, quality and the very best female cricketers from across the world; the Kia Super League is set to be a brilliant showcase for the women’s game.” Clare Connor,the ECB’s director of England women’s cricket was quoted saying.
The 6 teams taking part in the tournament would be Lancashire Thunder, Loughborough Lightning, Southern Vipers, Western Storm, Surrey Stars and the Yorkshire Diamonds.
Australian Cricketer Meg Lanning, expressed her excitement on the proposed league by saying, “It’s another huge step forward for the women’s game following on from the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia, and I can’t wait to get stuck in with the Surrey Stars once the tournament gets underway.”
“The interest in the Kia Super League and WBBL from overseas players demonstrates how valuable these new competitions are for the global development of women’s cricket – as international players it’s a really good time to be involved in the game.” she added.