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'Indian Domestic Players Can Walk Into South Africa Women’s Side Any Day', Says Sune Luus

South African captain Sune Luus was a part of the Supernovas squad led by Harmanpreet Kaur who defeated Velocity in the Women’s T20 Challenge final in Pune last month.

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Supernovas players celebrate a fall of Tralblazers wicket in a Women's T20 Challenge game.
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South African women’s cricket captain Sune Luus stated that the Women’s T20 Challenge has benefitted the Indian domestic cricketers a lot and ‘can walk into the Proteas side any day’. The 26-year-old was a part of the Supernovas squad led by Harmanpreet Kaur and won the title. (More Cricket News)

Luus, who had also won the FairBreak Invitational tournament in Dubai, last month with Tornadoes, said it was ‘a massive opportunity and an awesome learning curve’. “The IPL was a bit of a better standard,” the skipper was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“With FairBreak there are a lot of girls from the Associates, some girls who used spikes for the first time, who played on a turf wicket for the first time so it was a whole different experience,” Luus added.

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“The most surprising thing for FairBreak was the standard of cricket. You don't really know about Austrians playing cricket or countries like that. But to see the standard they are at and the love of the game, it was exceptional to see.

“You can’t compare it to India. They are fanatics of cricket. They absolutely love it. And even the domestic players can walk into the South African side any day. The standards were a bit different but overall, it was good cricket,” added Luus, who is in Ireland for a white-ball series.

The BCCI is planning to start the women's IPL by 2023 and the inaugural edition is expected to have five or six teams. Batting for the expansion of T20 franchise cricket, Luus said: “It's an opportunity for some of the domestic players within countries to play with international players from around the world and obviously gain experience and learn from them.

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“It's important to have T20 leagues across the world to get to know different players and play in different conditions.” Luus also acknowledges that more franchise leagues will mean international cricket may suffer.

“It's just a case of finding the balance with international cricket and finding the time to get enough international cricket in the calendar. It's a very difficult thing because we have ICC points up for grabs, we have a Test match coming up which is quite new for a lot of the players and in between that we have to focus on T20 cricket for the Commonwealth Games,” she said.

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