The Indian Premier League (IPL) has an unparalleled following throughout the country and the tournament has given India some of the best limited-overs players.
Since its inception in 2008, the IPL has always been seen as a platform for budding cricketers. Most of the domestic cricketers have had availed this opportunity to make it to the national team.
However, after one decade since the first season of the IPL was played, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally spoken about such a league for women.
According to Vinod Rai, chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), India aims to launch a women’s edition of the professional domestic Twenty20 league in the next three years.
Moreover, as part of the build-up to the tournament, some of the big names from international cricket will take part in a Twenty20 exhibition game. It will be held at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, later this month.
No exact dates or details have yet been disclosed about the tournament yet, but it is to be believed that a lot of pressure was put upon the BCCI ever since the Indian team reached the final of the women’s World Cup last year in the United Kingdom (UK).
Rai in an interview said to AFP, “We are planning to get a women’s IPL in place in two to three years.
Women cricketers from Australia, England, and South Africa will play an Indian team under IPL rules. It’s slated for May 22 game in Mumbai.
“The match to be played between a BCCI XI and IPL XI will take place ahead of the first (men’s IPL) playoff at the Wankhede Stadium,” Vinod Rai concluded.