Women Cricket in India has seen a whirlwind revolution in the past three years but the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has once again proceeded to put in the doldrums.
There has been a lot of uncertainty about how and when women cricket will resume in these unprecedented times. Senior cricketers are also worried considering that we are just six months away from the 50-over World Cup in New Zealand.
However, according to a report in India Today, the BCCI is planning to hold a training camp for women in the month of October and try and get South Africa in before some practice games before they travel to Dubai to feature in a four-team Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy between November 01-10.
The BCCI has staged Women’s Challenger Trophy in the past two years but despite several appeals from former and current women cricketers, has always maintained that a full-fledged Women’s IPL will take some time before it materializes into a reality.
Women Cricket IPL still 2-3 years away- Mithali Raj
Indian ODI skipper and the leading run-scorer in Women’s ODI cricket, Mithali Raj believes that the onset of Covid-19 may have stalled all the momentum gained by women cricket in the past three years.
She also added that while a full-fledged IPL is still 2-3 years away, a fourth team can be added to the Challenger Trophy.
“Unfortunately, women’s cricket may have been set back by a couple of years by this pandemic as some of the momentum that had been built between India’s success in World Cup 2017 and World T20 2020 has been lost. However, we have had discussions with BCCI to draw up a firm calendar for the Indian women’s team so that fans can regularly cheer for the team,” Mithali Raj said as quoted by India Today.
“The plans have obviously been disrupted but we believe we can re-build quickly. I think a full-fledged Women’s IPL is still 2-3 years away but we would certainly look to have a fourth team in the Women’s Challenge that is played concurrently with the IPL,” she added.