Jio and Reliance Foundation Education and Sports For All (RF ESA) have bagged the title rights for the upcoming Women's T20 Challenge.
An extension of the IPL, the Women’s T20 Challenge will be played at Sharjah between three franchises led by Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj, starting from 4 November 2020.
In addition, Nita Ambani, founder and chairperson, Reliance Foundation has offered the cricket facility at Jio Cricket Stadium, Navi Mumbai, for women cricketers. The stadium can be used to conduct trials, camps and host competitive matches, throughout the year – all free of cost for the national women's team. Women cricketers can also benefit from the amenities for rehabilitation and sports science available at the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai.
Ambani said, “My heartiest congratulations to BCCI for organising the Women’s T20 Challenge. This is a progressive step towards the growth of women’s cricket in India. I am delighted to offer my full support to this wonderful initiative. I have immense faith in the potential and capabilities of all our sportswomen.”
She added, “Indian women cricketers have made the country proud with their outstanding achievements in ICC events over the last couple of years. Our aim is to ensure that we offer the best of infrastructure, training and rehab facilities to our girls. Players like Anjum, Mithali, Smriti, Harmanpreet and Poonam are great role models. I wish them and every member of the Indian women’s squad even greater success and glory in their journey ahead."