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Thatscricket - News - Womens cricket: Indias ex-captain among ECBs pool of 48

Published: Monday, November 5, 2001, 20:50 [IST]
 
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London: The best 48 women cricketers in England and Wales have been selected to play in a new tournament next season organised by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), according to an ECB press release. "The 'Super Fours' will ensure that elite players face each other in regular and competitive matches and enable England coach John Harmer and selectors to monitor the development of present and future England stars," the release said.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Players have been selected from 11 counties, reflecting the growth in the women's game across the country, and include Charlotte Edwards, the prolific England opening bat, who did not play this year due to injury. The batch also includes Chander Kanta Kaul (ex-India captain now playing for Middlesex), ensuring that homegrown players have exposure to some of the best bowlers and batters in the world. "Each team will meet with an ECB coach for a weekend training session, followed by the competition, which is organised on a round robin basis with each team playing each other twice," The release said. John Harmer, who took over as England coach following the Ashes Series this summer said "top players need a stronger competition to give them better preparation for international cricket. Their mental and physical skills need to be challenged for progressive development and aptitude, attitude and athleticism can all be developed for the international arena."Super Fours will run weekly from May 18 to June 15, with the inaugural women's triangular One-day International tournament starting on Wednesday July 10 against India and current World Champions, New Zealand.Gill McConway, ECB executive director for Women's cricket said, "the tournament should provide some great cricket and give domestic women's cricket a boost in England, in attracting both new players and spectators. It's a very innovative and exciting competition."

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