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USA could have a women’s T20 franchise tournament soon

USA could have a women's T20 franchise tournament soon

Discussions are taking place for a potential women’s T20 franchise tournament in the United States, with influential stakeholders in American cricket keen to capitalize on the possibility presented by the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. The success of the first Major League Cricket (MLC) men’s T20 tournament has also sparked this interest.

Cricket is set to debut in the 2028 Olympics, and the USA women’s national team is all set to qualify as hosts. There is a rising realization of the need to devise the women’s game domestically in the USA to contend on the global stage efficiently. The popularity of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) in India has stressed the commercial possibility of women’s T20 cricket, stressing the significance of a strong domestic framework.

The suggested women’s T20 tournament in the USA tempts to attract the world’s best cricketers and is likely to run alongside men’s franchises in the MLC. Several MLC franchise owners, including the Ambani family, which also owns MI New York, have also shown interest in building women’s teams. This movement could enormously promote the profile and monetary potential of women’s cricketers worldwide.

“If the plans materialize, this could be a game-changer for women’s cricket, not only in the USA but worldwide,” remarked an MLC franchise owner. “The inclusion of women’s teams will enhance the competitive landscape and provide more opportunities for female athletes.”

Launching a women’s T20 franchise league in the USA would be a substantial achievement for the game, proffering a forum for the world’s best skill to portray their skills. The tournament could also attract a new generation of American women cricketers and heighten the sport’s profile in the nation. USA Cricket has made powerful waves in recent years to build itself in the cricketing arena, and the forthcoming ICC men’s T20 World Cup 2024, the inaugural ICC event hosted in America, highlights this progress.

A women’s T20 franchise league could further improve the visibility and craze of cricket in the USA. The inclusion of notable franchise owners like Ambani could fetch worthy investment and attraction to the women’s game, likely impacting the international responsibilities of England’s women cricketers and their participation in domestic cricket like The Hundred. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has boosted earnings for domestic women’s cricketers but still languishes behind the WPL offers.

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