Is women’s IPL on the cards? Is BCCI giving a serious thought to an Indian Premier League-style women’s IPL?
The Board of Cricket in India seems to be giving a serious thought to a women’s Indian Premier League. A full-fledged league may yet take time and efforts to see the light of the day. However, a dry run to women’s IPL in India is being considered this IPL season.
BCCI’s Committee of Administrators chairman had reportedly stated that “women cricketers deserve to play IPL”.
The BCCI is looking for a window during the IPL to conduct several exhibition T20 matches for women between the teams, comprising players from India, Australia, England and South Africa. The move is planned to test the possibilities of the proposed women’s cricket league, national daily Times of India has reported.
The TOI has quoted the CoA chief Vinod Rai as saying that “if we find that we can host a few exhibition matches then BCCI would like to do it this year. The women cricketers deserve to play IPL”.
The IPL Governing Council in October last has reportedly deliberated the proposal to launch women’s IPL. The members had suggested to draw a plan for women’s IPL.
Indian women cricket’s strong voice in the CoA Diana Edulji has committed her support for women’s IPL. Albeit with several ifs and buts. “The IPL GC may discuss it for sure. If it’s feasible we will do it. I am all for women’s IPL. But it’s too late this year to come up with a full-fledged event because of time constraint. We need a different window and, therefore, we can’t rush into it. It needs a lot of planning,” Diana has told ToI.
The exhibition games are likely to feature top women’s cricketers from England, Australia, and South Africa. England and Australia teams will be travelling to India during March and April.