As Australia’s (fairly) long-standing domestic structure based around 7 state* teams, morphs into the 8-team, city-based WBBL, there are signs of looming recruitment difficulties for at least one of the teams.
News coming out of the Subcontinent suggests that the Melbourne Stars attempts to enlist two of India’s biggest names – captain Mithali Raj and bowling all-rounder Jhulan Goswami – have fallen flat.
Whether Mitali and Jhulan made up their own minds not to play for the Stars, or had them made up for them by the BCCI, is unclear; though the latter would be no surprise, given that the Indian Board has been very reluctant to allow their players to participate in any of the men’s T20 competitions outside India.
But CRICKETher can reveal that the Stars also made enquiries about a senior England player which were politely rebuffed by the player herself, not the ECB.
Overall, the Stars appear to have made only 4 domestic signings so far – albeit one being the Megastar herself, Meg Lanning – and have filled none of the 3 “overseas” spots on their roster.
With less than 90 days to go until WBBL bats-off on December 5th, the sense of excitement is building; but Cricket Australia will be crossing their fingers that the drama builds to a climax… not a crisis!
* Yes… we know ACT isn’t technically a state!