Women's IPL Should Definitely Happen, Says Deepti Sharma
Deepti Sharma. (Credits: Twitter)

Indian women’s team all-rounder Deepti Sharma said that women’s IPL should definitely happen in order to groom the Indian players.

The year 2021 has been great for Indian women team players as they got the opportunity to play a Test match after a span of seven years. The Mithali Raj-led side played against England and Australia, where both the games turned out in a drawn affair.

Eight Indian women players part of WBBL 2021

Many of the talented Indian players got the opportunity to play explore their franchise career in some stylish tournaments like The Women’s Hundred and Women’s Big Bash League.

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This year eight Indian players were part of the WBBL 2021, which was the highest number of Indian players representing in a single edition of an overseas league.

All these leagues provide a much-needed platform for girls: Deepti Sharma

The need for a Women’s IPL, whose demand has grown since the team ended as runners-up in the 2017 World Cup to host England, is still pending and awaited.

Deepti Sharma, who is currently playing for Sydney Thunder along with Smriti Mandhana, said that such a kind T20 league gives enough experience to them and also helps them brush their skills.

Deepti Sharma and Smriti Mandhana
Deepti Sharma and Smriti Mandhana. Credits: Twitter

“Yes, it (women’s IPL) should definitely happen. Because there are so many leagues outside like the Big Bash and The Hundred. (Kia) Super League also used to take place earlier. All these leagues provide a much-needed platform for girls. We get more matches which help us groom better,” Deepti told Hindustan Times.

Deepti has scored 156 runs from nine innings and also picked 10 wickets from 10 matches in WBBL 2021.

The BCCI did start an exhibition tournament, Women’s T20 Challenge, where three teams, namely Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity, compete in a round-robin format followed by a final.

In November 2020, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly mulled starting a Women’s IPL with 7-8 teams in the next two years.

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