It’s been a busy week in women’s cricket…
Women’s International Championship
- Australia have completed an ODI series-sweep against Sri Lanka. With victory margins of 4 wickets, 78 runs, 9 wickets and 137 runs, the Southern Stars were wholly dominant throughout; and they finished up with a record 10-wicket win in the one-off T20 game. It makes them the first side to achieve automatic qualification for next summer’s World Cup.
- Following their poor performance against Australia, Sri Lanka’s coach Lanka de Silva has called for more women’s domestic matches. The current domestic format allows for just 5 matches per season. He told Cricinfo: “How can you compete with countries like Australia, England and New Zealand when you play so little cricket? Where is the exposure and the experience?”
- In the wake of BCCI chief Anurag Thakur ruling out any future bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan, there are question marks hanging over the India-Pakistan Women’s Championship ODIs, scheduled to take place in the UAE this month. Should India forfeit the six points on offer, they will fail to automatically qualify for the 2017 World Cup and will have to take part in the tournament qualifier (ironically alongside Pakistan!)
- Smriti Mandhana has become the second Indian woman to sign for the Women’s Big Bash League. The 20-year-old batsman will be joining Brisbane Heat, who finished last season in sixth place.
- Tammy Beaumont has been named Player of the Summer at this year’s Professional Cricketers’ Association awards. With 342 runs in the 3 ODIs against Pakistan, including an unbeaten 168 at Taunton, she beat off strong competition from Lauren Winfield and Nat Sciver.