Sri Lanka Cricket will create the National Super League for women. The WNSL will begin on February 6 with a 50-over format, followed by T20 matches on February 15.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is preparing to launch the Women’s National Super League (WNSL). A historic moment for women’s cricket in the country. The WNSL will include both 50-over and T20 formats, allowing young prospects to display their skills and compete at the highest domestic level. Potentially helping selectors build a huge pool of cricketers to choose from for international play.
The 50-over event, which begins on February 6, will feature four teams. Colombo, Kandy, Dambulla, and Galle battling it out in the middle.
The matches are scheduled to take place in Colombo
“The 50-over tournament, which will start on February 6. A major elevation for women’s cricket in the country, as they get to compete in the country’s elite domestic competition. ” Said a press release issue by the SLC.
“Competing and performing well in the Women’s National Super League. Enable players to graduate to national recognition,” the statement said.
The T20 competition will begin immediately following the end of the 50-over tournament. The final of the 50-over format is scheduled for February 12. While the shorter format will begin on February 15 and end on February 20. The tournament format is as follows: each team will play each other once during the tournament, with the top two teams competing in the final.
Notably, the introduction of the WNSL demonstrates Sri Lanka’s commitment to advancing gender equality in cricket. SLC hopes to empower female cricketers and build a talent pipeline for the national team by offering a strong domestic structure. Interestingly, the national squad did not play a single match between March 2020 and November 2021 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, which hampered their development. Keeping this in mind, SLC planned to launch the event fast in order to find more cricketers and keep the supply chain active.