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Business News/ News / India/  BCCI sets aside window in March 2023 for first-ever Women's IPL

BCCI sets aside window in March 2023 for first-ever Women's IPL

A lot of women's cricketers have supported the idea of women's IPL and that could be a reality soon with BCCI reserving a window for the tournament in March next year

BCCI sets aside window for inaugural Women's IPL for March 2023 (Photo: Mint)Premium
BCCI sets aside window for inaugural Women's IPL for March 2023 (Photo: Mint)

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has set aside a window for the first-ever edition of women's Indian Premier League (IPL) in March 2023. The process to get the show on the road is underway, as per board president Sourav Ganguly.

ESPNCricinfo reported, the board has made changes to its women's domestic cricket calendar to make way for women's IPL.

The women's season that generally goes on from November to April has been advanced by a month, with the season set to begin on October 11 with T20 competition and end in February 2023 with an inter-zonal ODI competition.

BCCI has been organising the Women's T20 Challenge since 2018. It started as a one-off exhibition match between two teams in the first season, now it is a three-team competition.

Many players from outside India have also joined the competition. But despite this, the clamour to have a much bigger competition just like men's IPL is growing among players and fans for a while.

In February this year, Ganguly had stated that the women's IPL would be held next year. "We are at the level of formulation to have a full-fledged WIPL. It is certainly going to happen. I strongly believe that next year i.e. 2023 will be a very good time to start a full-fledged women's IPL which will be as big and grand a success as men's IPL."

IPL franchises like Rajasthan Royals and Barbados Royals, The Knight Riders Group have expressed their interest in getting involved in the tournament and owning a women's IPL team.

The inaugural edition of the women's Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which is scheduled to happen alongside the men's tournament later this year will feature three teams, including Trinbago Knight Riders owned by Knight Riders Group.

Much of the planning around the WIPL tournament will be around sale of its media rights. BCCI is expected to hold a discussion on matters related to women's IPL at its annual general meeting in September this year.

The latest of these performances was the Women in Blue clinching a silver medal in the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.

Moreover, India's improving and great performances at major ICC events over the recent years, the enthusiasm for women's cricket in India is at a never-seen-before high.

Senior Indian players like Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and former Indian skipper Mithali Raj have been active proponents of the idea of women's IPL. Raj in fact expressed a desire to come out of retirement to participate in the tournament.

Raj had said while speaking on ICC's 100% Cricket podcast earlier in July, “I am keeping that option open. I have not yet decided. There are a few more months to go before the Women's IPL happens. It would be lovely to be part of the first edition of the Women's IPL."

With inputs from ANI.

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Published: 12 Aug 2022, 07:15 PM IST
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