Aust skipper Lanning ponders WBBL future

Meg Lanning is yet to decide for which WBBL team she will play for next season.
Meg Lanning is yet to decide for which WBBL team she will play for next season.

Meg Lanning has all but written off her IPL cameo and says she'll ponder a WBBL move home to Melbourne as cricket plots a path through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Australia captain admits it is hard to believe her side's Twenty20 World Cup win, in front of more than 86,000 fans at the MCG, happened earlier this month.

World sport has shut down since, Australia's elite cricketers among those least-impacted considering they are in the midst of some rare time off.

Cricket Australia (CA) contract announcements planned for this week have been put on hold though.

Meanwhile, Lanning admits she'll use the extra time to consider her next WBBL home after three seasons with Perth Scorchers followed her initial stint with Melbourne Stars.

"I hadn't really thought about it through the World Cup, it was on the backburner," she said of her domestic T20 future.

"It's probably a good thing that I get a bit of time to work out what I'm after ... and where I'm best suited.

"So I'm not sure at this stage ... I really enjoyed my three years in Perth."

Lanning was more definitive when discussing her participation in an expanded four-team women's tournament due to be run during the IPL's finals series.

Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy were also poised to participate after being overlooked in 2019 due to tension between the Australian and Indian cricket boards.

"We haven't had any real communication around it," Lanning said.

"Early on we got asked if we wanted to participate and I said 'yes'.

"Since that point I haven't heard a lot and there's been a lot happen since, so at this stage it's looking very unlikely."

Lanning said it made sense to delay CA contract announcements given the uncertainty caused by coronavirus, but that she was confident the momentum women's cricket had gained wouldn't be lost.

"In terms of impacts next season and the season after that, it really is just wait and see," she said.

"Hopefully we can get the summer under way on time but it's a matter of seeing what happens and hoping it's not too far away."

Lanning said she would complete her level three cricket coaching course and seek to begin some form of sports business management study before returning to on-field action.

Australian Associated Press