New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine believes that the Women’s Premier League, which is likely to take place in March 2023 after the conclusion of the Women’s T20 World Cup, will prove to be a big opportunity for the players and expressed her excitement regarding the same.
“It’s the elephant in the room. It’s a really unique experience. It’s enormous. You talk about glass ceilings and I think the WPL is going to be the next stage. I am really excited about it. As female cricketers, this is something we have never been through before. On every scale, it’s going to be awkward. That’s the word we have spoken about,” said the New Zealand skipper at the captains’ press conference ahead of the T20 World Cup.
“Some people are going to get picked up; some people won’t. And you are going to get a value attached to what you are worth which, as human beings, is not the nicest [thing], to be perfectly honest. But it’s also a job and it’s what we’ve put our names in for,” she added.
“One would be naive to think that it’s not going to be a distraction,” she concluded.
“Personally, I’m really excited about it and I know the girls are as well. We are focusing on what we are trying to do here, which is the most important thing. There’s no right or wrong way to go about it. Everyone will deal with it as they wish. We’ve spoken as a team about letting people deal with it how they feel is best because, as Sophie said, it’s a little bit awkward and it’s just trying to embrace that and understand that it’s actually a really exciting time and you don’t have a lot of control over it. We’ve just got to wait and see.”