After leading the Barbados Royals to win the inaugural edition of THE 6IXTY, Hayley Matthews has expressed interest in playing in the Women’s IPL. With the tournament scheduled for March 2023, the all-rounder has also expressed interest in playing for the Rajasthan Royals, whose owner Manoj Badela also owns the Barbados franchise.
“For sure, I would love to play for the Royals. I’ve had an amazing atmosphere with the working group there at the franchise, and they’re always very girl-friendly. Their investment in women’s cricket is significant, and I think such investments made in the right places are what our game needs,” she said in an official statement released by Barbados Royals.
“The Rajasthan Royals have also been my favorites because of Jofra, Oshane Thomas and Obed McCoy. Therefore, I would like to continue to be part of the Royals family, and hopefully I can get to the stadiums wearing pink at the women’s IPL next year.”
Matthews first caught everyone’s attention aged 18 when she hit 66 carries on 45 balls to help West Indies win the Women’s T20 World Cup final in 2016. Regarding that day, she said: “I think it’s still a bit of a blur actually, I think because I was so young (laughs). It was all so voluntary. We just went there down and played freely. It was do or die and I knew it was one of those days where it could go your way or not, so I took a chance and it was pretty amazing at the end. Definitely one of those days that I will cherish forever.
The Women’s IPL would be held in a one-month window with five teams competing for the trophy.
(With ANI inputs)
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