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Ganguly: BCCI ‘at the level of formulation’ of launching  women’s IPL in 2023

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The BCCI is in the final stages of planning a women’s Indian Premier League (WIPL), which is expected to take place from 2021. The BCCI president Ganguly firmly believes that the tournament should start in 2023. His commitment towards his work can be seen by her statement released in 2019 where Ganguly said that it will take at least 4 years for the women’s IPL league to be formed and organized and next year it is going to be 4 years.

In 2019, he asked everyone to be practical as more and more women players have come forward and has to be selected, at least one of seven to eight teams are needed to organize a women’s IPL series.

The phenomenon of adding women’s cricket to the IPL began after the Women’s T20 World Cup year, where the Indian team finished as runners-up and then second best to Australia in the 2020 T20 World Cup, the  women’s game has attracted much more attention than before in the country.

With calls on starting of a full-grown IPL team formed by women has been a rising topic recently, BCCI Chief said that the cricket board is planning to start the tournament from 2023. Ganguly believes that the women’s IPL will be as big and grand as the men’s IPL. BCCI’s argument was that Indian cricket does not have the intensity or depth in its domestic front necessary and to be worth for the tournament.

As such, India has at least 1100 registered female players in any domestic season, and around 40 players who have either played for India since the 2018–19 season or are under selection.

Recently, Former England captain Michael Vaughan has shown some good interest in the women’s league and suggested to the BCCI chief to give priority to the women’s IPL. The former cricketer has encouraged Sourav Ganguly the BCCI President to work on setting up an experienced franchise-based tournament especially for the women’s cricket team.

Michael Vaughan’s statement came just after Ganguly addressed Sportstar magazine:

“The Women’s T20 Challenge will again be back this year in the month of May. Hopefully, in the future, we will be able to host a bigger women’s IPL once the number of women players [player pool] goes up. But this year, the Women’s T20 Challenge will happen during the IPL playoffs”

Sourav Ganguly

On the other hand, Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ramiz Raja also showed keenness to organize Asia’s first women’s franchise based cricket league. In a video shared by the board on its social media handle last year, Raza had mentioned that he is looking forward to starting the Women’s Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the coming days.

Many Indian women cricketers like Jemima Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma have stressed on the need of women’s IPL. Eight Indian women players took part in the Big Bash League in Australia in 2021.


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