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Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana pose for the cameras. Credit: Annesha Ghosh

Last Update on: February 8th, 2019 at 01:35 pm

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to host T20 exhibition matches involving top-drawer Indian and overseas women’s cricketers during the upcoming edition of the IPL.

Meanwhile, BCCI had organised a one-off Women’s T20 Challenge game at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai last year. And now they have decided to organise a set to matches during the IPL. As per reports in ESPNcricinfo, BCCI have been pondering over these for quite some time now. However, a full-fledged tournament like WBBL or Kia Super League is not a possibility over the depth of India’s domestic pool of players.

The board, instead, has decided to conduct a slew of matches this IPL as a follow-up to last year’s one-off exhibition game. It is understood that there might just be two teams this year too, with the BCCI inclined to make the two sides play a best-of-three series. The teams’ composition might be similar to the men’s IPL sides, with a maximum of four overseas players per side.

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Although BCCI and Committee of Administrators have given the green signal, they are yet to chalk out the final plan. One major reason behind this is the BCCI is still waiting to finalise the IPL schedule, which is subject to the Election Commission of India announcing the date for the General Elections. It is understood that once the IPL schedule is out, the BCCI will figure out a plan for the number of matches that can be accommodated, and the players who can be assembled in time for the women’s exhibition games.

Last year, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana led the Supernovas and the Trailblazers respectively. Harmanpreet’s Supernovas clinched the thriller by three wickets.

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