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England Players Not To Play In Indian Cash-Rich League? T20 Competition To Clash With NZ T20Is

image-lrvpamigEngland skipper Knight plays for RCB in WPL [X.com]

England women's team cricketers are facing a major dilemma in a brute schedule that could put their participation in the T20Is against New Zealand in jeopardy if they played the final of the Women's Premier League (WPL) 2024 in India. 

As the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) revealed the schedule for the second edition of their premier women's T20 league, it was confirmed that the tournament's final on March 17 will be played just two evenings before the opening match of the T20I series against the White Ferns. The situation is bound to pose a logistical nightmare for those players who make the final of the WPL with their respective franchises. 

According to ESPNcricinfo, "The ECB has told players involved in the WPL that staying in India until the tournament is complete will mean they are not considered for selection for the first three T20Is in New Zealand. They are expected to name squads for the tour next week."

England Players Face WPL-NZ T20Is Dilemma 

Alice Capsey (Delhi Capitals), Issy Wong, Nat Sciver-Brunt (both Mumbai Indians), Kate Cross, Heather Knight (both Royal Challengers Bangalore), Sophie Ecclestone and Danni Wyatt (UP Warriorz) are seven prominent. The England players due to turnout in WPL 2024. Notably, even England's head coach John Lewis is in the same designation for the Warriorz. 

Players are weighing several factors at this stage to form a plan that allows for the best possible squad to be picked in New Zealand without compromising the WPL stints. With salaries ranging from INR 30 lakhs to INR 3.2 crores, some players are certain starters for both their WPL franchises and the England team. 

With the T20 World Cup 2024 scheduled in Bangladesh, the New Zealand T20Is attain great priority for England and skipper Heather Knight is understood to have made herself available entirely for the next international assignment. 

England's five T20Is against New Zealand are part of a prolonged white-ball tour, also featuring three ICC ODI World Championship matches.