The second season of the Women’s Premier League is set to commence on 23rd February 2024 (Friday). Previously, England players in WPL 2024 were excited about their participation. Meanwhile, the ECB( England and Wales Cricket Board) decision has put the participants in a dilemma.
Since the finals of the WPL 2024 are scheduled on 17th March 2024 (Sunday), players need clarification about choosing the T20 league to earn lucrative money or fulfill their national commitment. It is because of the 5-match T20I series between England and New Zealand, with the first game starting on 19th March 2024 (Tuesday).
According to the latest reports, the ECB has made it clear that the involvement of England players in WPL 2024 won’t be considered for the first three T20I matches. It is only applicable if the players continue to stay in India till the completion of the tournament.
However, the ECB will shortly announce the squad for the T20I and ODI series against New Zealand in the next week.
These are the 6 England players in WPL 2024, who have not yet excluded themselves from the tournament namely:
- Alice Capsey (Delhi Capitals)
- Issy Wong (Mumbai Indians)
- Nat Sciver-Brunt (Mumbai Indians)
- Kate Cross (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
- Sophie Ecclestone (UP Warriorz)
- Danni Wyatt (UP Warriorz)
Recently, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) faced a big blow as the England all-rounder Heather Knight pulled herself out of the contest. As the captain of the England cricket team, Knight had to make herself completely available for the New Zealand tour with no other choice.
As a result, RCB named Nadine de Klerk, a South African all-rounder as a replacement for Heather Knight. Moreover, the franchise hasn’t provided any specific reason for the England skipper’s withdrawal.
Earlier, Lauren Bell, an English cricketer parted ways with UP Warriorz ahead of WPL 2024. She prioritized her preparation for the forthcoming New Zealand tour.
After England skipper Heather Knight and pacer Lauren Bell pulled out of WPL 2024, it is expected that a majority of English players could follow the same. Certainly, some of the WPL teams would be affected. Out of which, these three teams will have a severe impact:
The defending champions of the IPL- Mumbai Indians, had a majority of England players who contributed a major success in the inaugural edition such as:
- Nat Sciver-Brunt: All-rounder
- Issy Wong: Pace bowler
Nat Sciver-Brunt made her crucial contribution with the bat and ball in the previous year. Also, she struck the winning runs for MI in the final against the DC (Delhi Capitals).
Similarly, Issy Wong’s stunning hat trick against UP Warriorz strengthens her position in the squad.
On the other side, the Mumbai Indians can use a pacer like Shabnim Ismail and an all-rounder Chloe Tryon. At the same time, the franchise would be desperately aiming to retain the same combination that helped them clinch the winning title.
After losing the services of Heather Knight, the Royal Challengers Bangalore has announced Nadine de Klerk as her replacement, who could fulfill the eligibility of an all-rounder. Nadine’s contribution as a right-handed batter and medium pacer promises to fulfill Knight’s absence.
Though De Klerk played 30 ODIs and 46 T20Is, certainly RCB would miss Knight’s experience in the lower-middle-order.
Out of these 46 T20Is, Klerk has scored 419 runs with a strike rate of 98.35 and an average of 26.18. Also, she has been effective with the ball by taking 35 wickets with her best bowling figures of 7-3 against Sri Lanka in August 2022.
Kate Cross is one of the core England players in WPL 2024 representing RCB. Her experience as a fast bowler adds fuel to the bowling department. Particularly, after the franchise released Megan Schutt.
Finally, Kate’s experience along with the Indian fast bowler Renuka Thakur can manage powers the pace bowling unit for RCB in WPL 2024.
In contrast to the power-packed batting line-up, the UP Warriorz have a thin bowling backup with fewer overseas experienced players.
The franchise has included Chamari Athapaththu, a Sri Lankan all-rounder, as the replacement for the English pacer Lauren Bell.
Consequently, the role of Sophie Ecclestone, England’s star spinner becomes more vital. The Warriorz will fall into a state of a complete dilemma if Sophie pulls her out of WPL 2024. Moreover, it will be challenging part to find a perfect replacement.
Furthermore, England’s head coach and Up Warriorz coach Jon Lewis has the maximum chance to exclude himself from the season.