Mumbai: Even as the pulsating IPLT20 tournament has entered the playoff stage, Disney Star India has announced that it’s going to add to cricket lovers’ excitement by airing My11Circle Women’s T20 Challenge from 23 May to 28 May on the Star Sports network and stream it on Disney+ Hotstar as well. The tournament will have multilingual feeds in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada.
The tournament features three teams Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity with Hamanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma respectively leading them. Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Pooja Vastrakar, Yastika Bhatia, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Richa Ghosh, Poonam Yadav, Shafali Varma, Sneh Rana, and Taniya Bhatia are some of the national Indian cricketers who will be battling it out in Pune’s MCA stadium. The teams are also sprinkled with some overseas greats like Sophie Ecclestone, Deandra Dottin, Laura Wolvaardt. Hayley Matthews, Kathryn Cross, Salma Khatum and Sophia Brown.
Each of the teams will play a match against the other, with the top two sides featuring in the final on 28 May.
Star Sports has launched a promo film in two languages (Hindi and Telugu) ahead of the start of the tournament. Created and conceptualised by the in-house team of Disney Star, it features Bollywood star Taapsee Pannu.
“My love for sports is known to all but the love for cricket is different,” said Taapsee Pannu. “In the last few years, we have seen that women’s cricket, in India and across the globe, has made huge progress not just in its technicality and competitiveness, but in popularity as a brand as well. The WT20 Challenge 2022 will undoubtedly be an extraordinary tournament featuring top cricketers and will offer immense excitement to fans and supporters of the game of cricket worldwide.”
The WT20 Challenge has attracted Games24X7’s MyCircle 11 as a title sponsor, even as FanCraze, Ceat and Boost have come on as official partners. These were announced by the BCCI over the weekend.
“The return of the My11Circle Women’s T20 Challenge and with the interest being generated around the tournament we are well on our way to solidifying the pathway to a dedicated Women’s IPL and continue to grow participation of women in the sport,” IPL chairman Brijesh Patel had said during the announcement. “New partners coming on board is testament to the quality and popularity of the tournament. We hope the My11Circle WT20C provides ample opportunities for players to step up and be a role model for all the budding women cricketers and for those young fans who are the backbone of the sport. We thank all the Partners for their continuous support.”
Added Games 24x7 co-founder & co-CEO Bhavin Pandya: “We are very excited to be title sponsors of the upcoming Women’s T20 Challenge 2022. One of the most endearing developments in the cricket world in the last few years is the growing popularity of women’s cricket. This contest, which will feature some of the finest cricketers in world cricket, will give a further fillip to the rising popularity of women’s cricket, and will offer immense excitement to fans and supporters of the game of cricket worldwide."
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