Last year’s the Women’s T20 exhibition match was played at Mumbai between the Supernovas and the Trailblazers. @ BCCI

The women’s exhibition matches which will be held during the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) knockouts will include players from as many as six countries, a step ahead as compared to last season where players from only Australia, England, New Zealand along with the India players were included.

According to a report in ESPNCricinfo on Monday, some of the top women’s international players likely to be invited for the three-team tournament include West Indies’ Deandra Dottin and T20 World Cup-winning captain Stafanie Taylor, South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk and fast bowler Marizanne Kapp, and Sri Lanka’s Chamari Atapattu.

All the foreigners are prominent names in Australia’s Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) and the English Kia Super League (KSL) such as Australia’s Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Megan Schutt, New Zealand’s Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine, and England’s Danielle Wyatt.

The teams will be up against each other in one round-robin league. All the matches will be held at one venue with Chennai, likely to be the venue for the IPL 2019 final on May 12, slated to host the final.

Last year’s the Women’s T20 exhibition match was played at Mumbai between the Supernovas and the Trailblazers. The Supernovas was captained by Harmanpreet Kaur, while the Trailblazers was led by Smriti Mandhana. Although the game was broadcast by the IPL’s official broadcasters, the crowd turnout at the Wankhede Stadium was very poor due to the 2 pm start.