Tammy Beaumont: Women’s WTC Not Yet the Right Time

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The Men’s World Test Championship is in its third iteration, but the women’s game lacks a similar structure. India vice-captain Smriti Mandhana welcomed the idea of a Women’s Test Championship while England opener Tammy Beaumont felt it is not the right time for it. The ICC has not given priority to women’s Test cricket, focusing more on T20s. In the last few years, only six women’s Test matches have been played. Mandhana expressed delight but noted that it would be up to the boards and the ICC to decide. Beaumont, however, stressed the need for more nations to play women’s Test cricket and called for multi-format bilateral series. She believes that a Women’s Test Championship would not be fair at the moment due to the lack of opportunities for some teams. Beaumont also spoke about the anxiety surrounding Test matches due to the rarity of those matches. She emphasized the need for more people to watch women’s cricket, even if it means giving out free tickets. Beaumont finds a lively crowd during women’s matches to be satisfying as a player.

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