The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 is set to commence on 10th February. This edition is considered to be a fascinating one as all the teams are evenly matched. This is the first time that South Africa is hosting the Women’s T20 World Cup where we can see competitive wickets.
The Women in Blue would be keen to win their maiden T20 World Cup where last time in 2020 they were outclassed by Australia in the finals. India is placed in a precarious group of England, Ireland, West Indies, and Pakistan. Their campaign starts on 12th February against Pakistan whereas WPL Auction is scheduled on 13th February.
Harmanpreet Kaur on WPL Auction
Harmanpreet Kaur was seen in the captain’s press conference and was asked about WPL Auction.
“We have a really crucial game before the auction and we are just going to focus on that. The World Cup is more important than anything else. Our focus is on ICC Trophy. These things will keep coming, and as a player, you know what’s important for you and how you need to keep your focus. We are all mature enough and know that is important for us.” said Harmanpreet Kaur.
“It’s a really big day for all of us because we have been waiting for years and years now. The next two or three months are very important for women’s cricket. We have seen how WBBL and the Hundred have helped their countries improve their cricket. Hopefully, the same will happen for our country.” she added.
Concerns for India
The Women in Blue lost the Tri Series in South Africa featuring West Indies & South Africa where India lost against the hosts South Africa. The team doesn’t seem to have a reliable finisher present at the back end of the innings which is hurting the team.
Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur would be aware of the fact that they cannot take Pakistan lightly despite having the wood over them. The dynamic batter Shafali Verma needs to play long & effective knocks as her U-19 experience would be quite invaluable.