After the recently summed-up Test against India where England strived hard to put an end to the match with a not-much-satisfactory draw for the England side, the England & Wales Cricket Board has come up to announce another tournament for the regional strata of the game. ECB has declared the upcoming T20 tournament called Women’s Regional T20 Competition which has been officially named as Charlotte Edwards Cup.
The competition, which starts off this weekend, will witness the eight territorial teams clashing in to lock horns in the T20 format. The reason behind the competition being named as Charlotte Edwards Cup after the former England Captain Charlotte Edwards CBE is to honour the most-capped player of the side, Captain Edwards. Besides being the holder of the achievement and memorandum of the longest-serving captain for England that dates back from 2006 to 2016, Charlotte has featured three Ashes wins in her name along with an ICC Women’s World Cup and an ICC Women’s T20 World Cup each as well.
Her T20I debut came in 2004 against New Zealand at Hove and she also bags the tag of the leading run-scorer for England in IT20s. “It’s powerful to be able to connect the women’s regional game with such iconic figures in women’s cricket. Last year we named the 50 over competition after Rachael Heyhoe Flint, and now this,” says Clare Connor, the ECB Managing Director of Women’s Cricket.
“There are numerous individuals who have served English cricket with distinction who we could have chosen, but we felt with Lottie’s relevance to the T20 game and her excellence as a player in the international T20 format, it was most fitting for the competition to take her name,” Connor further added, “Lottie is a true legend of English cricket. She led from the front as a player and she’s now giving back to the game as a Coach, helping our domestic players have the best chance of potentially going on to represent the national side. The players who will compete in the Charlotte Edwards Cup can now realistically aspire to stepping up to compete on the international stage, and that’s truly exciting.”
On getting the tournament named after her, an overwhelmed Charlotte Edwards expressed, “It’s a huge honor to have my name attached to the competition. The regional players who’ll take part in the competition are at the beginning of such an exciting journey, and the pathway has progressed and developed so far since I was in their position.”
“I hope, like we saw with the Rachael Heyhoe Flint, that players from across the eight teams can continue to impress at regional level and push hard for international selection. The new domestic set-up is a real game-changer for women’s cricket in this country and I’m really proud to be a part of it,” she concluded.