Women's Cricket League is expected to popularise women's cricket in England and subsequently in the world as well © Getty Images
Women’s Cricket Super League is expected to popularise women’s cricket in England © Getty Images

Women’s Cricket Super League 2016 (WCSL) has announced the counties which will host the tournament. Six teams have been declared to host the tournament viz. Hampshire Cricket, Lancashire County Cricket Board, Loughborough University, South West, Surrey County Cricket Club and Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The hosting rights for WCSL  are from this year until 2019 i.e. for a period of four years. WCSL 2016 will be a Twenty20 (T20) tournament as of now; however the tournament will witness 50-over matches from next year in high probability. Hampshire Cricket, Lancashire County Cricket Board and South West have partnered with some teams and will host the tournament along with them. The remaining three teams— Loughborough University, Surrey County Cricket Club and Yorkshire County Cricket Club will host all by themselves since they have not partnered with anyone. Women’s Cricket League: ECB gives a go-ahead to the six team league

In a conversation with The Cricket Paper ECB CEO Tom Harrison said, “The bidding process for obtaining the hosts was competitive from the outset, and throughout the interviews, alongside my colleagues on the panel, I was very impressed by all of the proposals submitted. It is pleasing to see so much diverse and innovative partnership working across the cricket and educational landscapes and that the six chosen hosts provide such a strong geographical spread.  To have seven First Class counties, five Non-First Class counties and three universities involved, demonstrates how collaborative, imaginative and wide-ranging this project is.”

Earlier, it was declared in August 2015 that in December the six team hosts will be announced for Women’s Cricket Super League. ECB Women’s Cricket Super League general manager Jo Kirk had said then, “The variety of the organisations involved and the extent of collaborative work outlined within the ‘expressions of interest’ received is really exciting.”