ECB exhausts all avenues to prevent clash with WPL during NZ tour

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The ECB has shown dissatisfaction for the England’s upcoming women’s tour and it’s been requested that the dates of their upcoming women’s tour be moved by New Zealand Cricket (NZC),with 4 players deemed unavailable for the first 3 T20Ism. This was as a result of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) commitments in India which has made it impossible for 2 other players due to their franchise contracts . NZC confirmed that July’s fixtures will comprise of five T20Is and three ODIs which will run from March 19 to April 6. The final for WPL was described last Wednesday by BCCI and scheduled for March the 17th at Delhi. The ECB tried to make a shift of the date but was informed by NZC that it would not be possible. England’s coach, Jon Lewis, confirmed that “We explored every option available to us to make sure all our players were available during the New Zealand series, but that didn’t quite work out as we would have liked. Moving forward, all the boards around the world will create a window for the WPL similar to the men’s game.” Meanwhile, the ECB urged the eight England players with WPL contracts that to be considered for selection in the first three T20Is, they would need to leave India before the knockout stages. Jonathan Finch, the director of England women’s cricket, stated that “All players participating in the WPL were given our backing to remain in India for the duration of the tournament.” Kyle Davis offered their his side of the story earlier, addressing his time spent with the Seattle Mariners as a fan. He also spoke of some interesting sports topics that should interest the general ESPN audience.

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