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Marquee players, teams unveiled for Women’s Champions League

- ADARSHA DHAKAL, Kathmandu

Apr 13, 2019-

Queen’s Event Management Pvt Ltd on Friday unveiled the marquee players and team owners for the upcoming Women’s Champions League scheduled for May 17-25 at the Tribhuvan University Stadium.

The Twenty20 event is announced as country’s second franchise competition in which the women cricketers will be picked up through draft. The players will have a set price and the franchises will pick the players according to their turn. A total of five city-based franchises are competing in the WCL.

Three out of five franchises who competed in the Pokhara Premier League have also bought the teams in the WCL. PPL champions Pokhara Paltan, runners-up Chitwan Rhinos and Biratnagar Titans are the three franchises also buying team in the women’s event. PPL was also organised by Queen’s. Other two teams include Lalitpur Falcons and Capital Royals Kathmandu--the franchises who play in the Everest Premier League Twenty20 in Kathmandu as Lalitpur Patriots and Pokhara Rhinos respectively.

Falcons have former national team skipper Nary Thapa as the marquee player and is owned by Srijana Joshi. Binayak Pokharel owns the Paltan which has national team vice-captain Sita Rana Magar as the marquee player. National team skipper Rubina Chhetri will take the reins of Royals owned by Deepa Agrawal.

Indu Berma is the marquee player for Rhinos owned by Mingma Dandu Sherpa, while Paras Luniya is the owner of Titans and will be led by Sarita Magar. The marquee players were happy to be part of another professional Twenty20 league. NCL Sports Pvt Ltd had also held auction of the women cricketers for the upcoming Women’s Cricket League.

“We are very thankful to the organisers of the tournament because they have revived the women’s cricket which was already in a comma because of the unavailability of the tournaments. Its something which we had longed for a lot,” said Paltan marquee Rana Magar. Paltan owner Pokharel said they were ready to have a go at a women’s Twenty20 competition.

“PPL was a successful tournament for us and that was where we signalled our arrival in domestic franchise cricket winning the title. It would be perfect for us if we can claim the title of the WCL and clean sweep the two events under the Queen’s,” Pokharel said.

Published: 13-04-2019 09:44

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