The Committee of Administrators formed to implement the Lodha Commission reforms and supervise the day to day functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India has moved into the driver’s seat to run the cricketing affairs in the country.
The CoA chief Vinod Rai has made a major policy announcement that will change the scenario for women’s cricket in the country. The CoA chief has reportedly told the international news agency AFP that the BCCI is planning to launch women’s IPL-style T20 cricket league in the next two or three years.
“We are planning to get a women’s IPL in place in two to three years,” CoA chief Vinod Rai has told AFP. However, no major details for the women’s league are shared as of now.
The BCCI has already scheduled an IPL style T20 exhibition match for women on May 21, a day before the first knockout playoff at the Wankhede Stadium. The match is being considered the first dry run for “the women’s IPL”.
“The match to be played between BCCI XI and IPL XI will take place ahead of the first (IPL) playoff at the Wankhede Stadium,” Rai said.
The broadcast ratings of the ICC World Cup for Women has raised commercial prospects for women’s cricket. This may expedite the process for the launch of the proposed IPL-like T20 tournament for women.