Both Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have been called back by BCCI © IANS
Both Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have been called back by BCCI © IANS

After making much news with their maiden appearance in the ongoing season of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), Smriti Mandhana and India Women’s T20 International (T20I) captain Harmanpreet Kaur have been called back by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The players have been withdrawn from the high-intensity T20 tournament citing the reason of joining the training camp for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 qualifiers. Each player, before joining the WBBL, had to get a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from their respective boards which clearly stated that the players can be called back at any certain time for national duty. Not only BCCI, but Cricket South Africa (CSA) have also called back their women’s team captain Dane Van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp.

Smriti plays for Brisbane Heat and Harmanpreet represents Sydney Thunder. While the Heat will hope West Indies’ star Deandra Dottin to recover from her surgery and step in for Smriti, Thunder will find it hard to look for someone as effective as Harmanpreet to replace. “Given we’ve invested significantly in this competition, and the important role it plays in the development of women’s cricket not only within Australia but globally, we have at least got a seat at the table to have that discussion,” Anthony Everard, head of the BBL told EspnCricinfo.

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Adelaide Strikes’ skipper Charlotte Edwards also expressed her disappointment as she had to deal with the absence of New Zealand’s Sophie Devine. “Hopefully [a window] is going to be something looked at in the future where the dates don’t clash and we can have as many of the New Zealand girls as possible in this tournament,” she said.