The Spin | Is new women’s T20 tournament in Dubai a sign of progress or a threat?

FairBreak Invitational gives associate nations’ players money and exposure but it’s hard to see how it fits with long-term plans

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“The ICC and its members do not recognise privately owned tournaments or leagues in the men’s or women’s game. Any Twenty20 tournament that features the best players in the world outside ICC competitions would need to be run and controlled by one of the full members, as opposed to by a private operator.” That was the England and Wales Cricket Board’s view, as expressed by Clare Connor, in response to the radical idea of an independent women’s T20 league proposed by the Australian businessman Shaun Martyn in 2014.

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