BCCI administrator Vinod Rai has said that the board plans to launch a women’s edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament in the next three years, reported Firstpost.

International cricketers to play exhibition game

The BCCI administrator told AFP, “We are planning to get a women’s IPL in place in two to three years.” 

Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium will host a Twenty20 exhibition game on May 22, as part of the build-up. Top international women players are set to take part in it. Women cricketers from Australia, England and South Africa will play in the Indian team under IPL rules. Rai said that the match to be played between BCCI XI and IPL XI will take place ahead of the first (men’s IPL) playoff at Wankhede Stadium.

BCCI hasn’t revealed any firm details of the new league as yet. Pressure for a women’s IPL has been building since India reached the final of the women’s World Cup in England last year. The Mithali Raj-led India team lost to England in the World Cup final. Looking at the successful ratings of the women’s World Cup, ICC promised a greater role for women’s cricket.

In 2017, Mithali Raj mentioned about creating the base of an IPL dedicated to women. She demanded a tournament along the lines of the IPL for male cricketers. Last year, cricketer Virendra Sehwag tweeted, “I think it’s high time we have a Women’s IPL. Just like they have Big Bash for women in Australia. Hope BCCI gives this gift quickly.”

The press release by BCCI stated, “Women’s game has seen a wave of popularity in the country following the national team’s run to the final of World Cup last year. With an eye on growing this wave, the BCCI is hosting the T20 Challenge to provide the women’s game a platform alongside its most popular tournament.”

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It’s time women cricketers got their due. We wish the players all the luck!  

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