The development of women’s cricket in the country continues after Zimbabwe Cricket unveiled franchise-based competitions, starting with the Eagles Women’s League which roared into life at Prince Edward School in Harare this Sunday.

 Women’s cricket gained popularity during the 2017 International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup in England.

This gave a fresh impetus to the Zimbabwe Cricket board to work on improving the stature of women’s cricket in the country, hence the idea of franchise-based competitions.

However, it is believed that the development of women’s cricket should start from grassroots, communities, schools before spreading to the national league.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Eagles Women’s League at Prince Edward School in Harare this Sunday, the league’s General Manager, Blessing Mahwire highlighted the importance of focusing on the girl-child, saying there is a lot of untapped talent.

“Women’s cricket is equally important and should be given due attention just like the men’s game. These girls have a lot of talent, which needs to be harnessed. We therefore invite all girls who feel they can be part of this initiative to come and play cricket,” said Mahwire.

Meanwhile, Crowned Eagle beat Golden Eagle by 45 runs in their first match before claiming a 9 wickets victory over Fish Eagle in their second match played in the afternoon.

In other matches, Golden Eagle made a comeback when they dismissed Harpy Eagle by 4 wickets, while Fish Eagle also beat Harpy Eagle by 7 wickets.