The seasoned most player in women’s international cricket, Indian middle order star batter Mithali Raj has a strong intuition that a T20 professional league for women may be a reality in India over the next couple of days.
Mithali has dropped a hint that the ongoing ICC Women’s World T20 might be her last global competition in this shortest recognised format of the game, but she believes that a commercial T20 league in India is not far from seeing the light of the day. “Well, I definitely see IPL in say a year or two definitely because a lot of people back at home do talk about women’s IPL. But then it all boils down to the board and the franchises to come forward to get the setup going,” she said.
“We’ve already discussed (the Women’s IPL) with the BCCI a few months back when we had the exhibition match, and it has been successful in terms of viewership. But after that, what’s the follow-up, I have no idea, because we were preparing for ourselves for this World Cup,” the 35-year-old added.
Speaking at the post-match conference after guiding India to victory over Pakistan with a well-crafted half century, Mithali also asserted that she can only anticipate the possibility of an IPL for Women, but a lot will depend on other key stakeholders – BCCI, potential franchisees and broadcasters. “… it all boils down to the board and the franchises to come forward to get the setup going.
“Well, I don’t sit in the BCCI office, so I don’t know. But as a player I can only say that a lot of people show keen interest in women’s IPL. We’ve already discussed (the Women’s IPL) with the BCCI a few months back when we had the exhibition match, and it has been successful in terms of viewership,” the former India captain added.