BCCI secretary Jay Shah has said that the board is working for setting up a league like the Indian Premier League for women cricketers. IPL is one of the most popular franchise cricket leagues in international cricket. However, there is no such league for women cricketers in India.
In the past, some women cricketers like Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur have voiced their opinions in the favour of a franchise cricket league for women. Women players believe that such a tournament will help to develop talent in women’s cricket in the country.
BCCI Wants A League Like IPL For Our Women Cricketers: Jay Shah
In an interview with the leading newspaper Hindustan Times, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that BCCI is working for setting up an IPL-like tournament for women. But he also mentioned it will be done in a proper way and BCCI is exploring all our options for the same.
“The addition of the fourth team in the Challengers Trophy was done to provide more options to our selectors and widen our talent pool. If you would have noticed, our senior, established, stars were not picked, and the focus was on juniors as we wanted to give them more match time and test them under real-match situations. There is no doubt that we need a strong bench and capable replacements”, BCCI secretary Jay Shah told Hindustan Times.
“The women’s T20 Challenge has drawn a huge interest among the fans and that is an encouraging sign. We all want a league like IPL for our women cricketers, but it is not just about putting together three or four teams and announcing the launch of a women’s IPL league.
“There are a lot of factors that come into play like a dedicated window, availability of international stars and bilateral commitments of member boards to name a few. We are exploring all our options and working towards organising a similar league for our female players in future”, Jay Shah further added.
IPL has a large fan base not only in India but all around the world. However, Indian women players do not have a league for themselves like IPL. Countries like England and Australia have franchise T20 leagues for women cricketers. England have The Hundred while Australia have Women’s Big Bash League, where women teams compete with each other. many Indian players also take part in the above leagues.
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