Despite the keen interest shown by the audience in women’s cricket over the past few years, and its constantly growing fanbase, the Indian board is yet to launch the women’s version of the IPL.
As for now, the BCCI has been conducting a short tournament, Women’s T20 Challenge, over the past few seasons in parallel with the concluding stages of the men’s IPL. However, the signs of a women’s IPL anytime soon are grim.
Ellyse Perry also explained that the BCCI could further make huge money with the women’s IPL and it is a financially profitable concept.
“I actually think it is even more so an encouragement for other boards to seriously look at introducing professional women’s T20 competitions, particularly the BCCI and a full IPL for women,” Ellyse Perry told The Age.
“Because there is a wonderful opportunity there and it’s increasingly becoming a great commercial opportunity for cricket boards to bring in a women’s side of the competition.
“Not just from a spectacle or entertainment point of view, but also because growing the game in their country and getting more young girls playing cricket and being involved is so important to the viability of the sport in the future.”
Wonderful to see support and investment by CA and ECB: Ellyse Perry
Ellyse Perry, who is regarded as arguably the greatest women’s all-rounder ever, applauded Cricket Australia and The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for their incredible commitment towards women’s cricket by launching and running the Women’s Big Bash League and Hundred.
“So to me that’s the role that those competitions play and it’s really wonderful to see how much time and support and investment Cricket Australia have put into the WBBL and also the ECB with The Hundred and before that the Super League,” she added.
She reckons a women’s IPL is the next checkpoint in women’s cricket.
“The more we can have these competitions spring up around the world, I think it’s fair to say the next frontier is an IPL,” the 30-year-old said.
Ellyse Perry will be seen in action later this month as Australia host India for three ODIs, three T20Is and a one-off Test.