CPL to host women's T10 matches
The Caribbean's top women cricketers will contest two invitational T10 matches on October 10 and 12 in Trinidad, in the lead-up to the CPL 2019 final.
The exhibition fixtures, a collaboration between the government of Trinidad and Tobago and Cricket West Indies (CWI), is an attempt at paving the way "for a sustainable women's league in the future", CWI said in a statement.
West Indies women do not play an international series until November 1, when they take on visitors India for the first ODI in what will be an eight-match limited-overs tour.
The big-hitting Hayley Matthews tweeted about the invitational games on Monday, suggesting she'll be playing.
Our turn to join in on the fun! Make sure to come out #BiggestPartyInSport@CPL@windiescricketpic.twitter.com/4qiXfJbMqG— Hayley Matthews (@MyNameIs_Hayley) September 30, 2019
CNC3 will show the games live in Trinidad & Tobago, with Sportsmax broadcasting to the rest of the Caribbean. The games will also be live streamed on YouTube.
CWI CEO Johnny Grave said of the project: "Improving the opportunities for women and girls to get involved in cricket is one of our top strategic priorities and we are delighted that the CPL and government of Trinidad and Tobago have come together with us to ensure that women's cricket gets chance to be involved in the Hero CPL for the first time."
Shamfa Cudjoe, a minister in the Trinidad and Tobago government, told windiescricket.com: "The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs is pleased to partner with the CPL... This partnership is in keeping with the ministry's Pink Reign Campaign, which promotes women and girls in sport."