The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the start of the Women’s T20 League on Thursday. The inaugural edition of the Women’s T20 League is scheduled to coincide with the Pakistan Super League (PSL). In this league, 12 matches will be played, and all of these matches will be held at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi.
This league consists of four teams, each with 18 players, including six overseas players. The final will be played between the top two teams after 12 league matches and will be held on March 18, 2023, a day before the Pakistan Super League 8 final. The PSL is scheduled from February 9 to March 19, 2023.
I Am Delighted To Announce Women’s League – PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja
“I am delighted to announce the women’s league. This league will attract young women cricketers to this great sport and help our current players further enhance their skills when they will get to share dug-outs with the overseas players.
“To amplify the coverage and promotion of this initiative, some of the matches will precede the HBL Pakistan Super League 8 matches,” PCB chairman Ramiz Raja said in an official statement released by PCB.
“This event is aligned with our strategy of making Pakistan a stronger cricket-playing nation across all formats and genders. We are not only creating attractive brands to strengthen our cricket economy but through this tournament are also providing career opportunities to our women cricketers.
“The more our women cricketers will participate in high-pressure events, the more they will learn,” Raja added.
The inaugural Women’s IPL is scheduled to take place in March 2023, with the schedule yet to be announced. India has asked to host a women’s T20 challenge from 2018 but has yet to host a franchise-based women’s league similar to the IPL. This may be a blow to Pakistan’s foreign option in the league.
At that time, Pakistan had only 12 centrally contracted women cricketers, but now there are 20. In order to fill the remaining 28 local players, Pakistan will have to look at the talent of those who participated in the National Under-19 Championship in August.