"Those who were predicting doomsday for women's cricket, I want to say to them BCCI is interested in promoting women's cricket and I would like to thank Brijesh Patel (IPL Chairman), president (Sourav Ganguly) and secretary (Jay Shah) for making this possible in these tough times," Shantha told PTI.
Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the BCCI had announced that the Women's T20 Challenge will have four teams, one more than last year.
"It was supposed to be a four team event this year but the venue change has made the task much tougher. I am happy that it is happening and hopefully will lead to franchise-based tournament like the IPL in the near future," she said.
The Women's T20 Challenge is clashing with the Big Bash League in Australia and star Australian player Alyssa Healy has questioned the timing of the event.
"We are going through unprecedented times and the board has done the best it could in the current scenario," Shantha added.
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