Women’s IPL: BCCI confirms that the much-awaited Women’s Indian Premier League will be hosted from next year(2023) and it is expected to feature six teams.
BCCI Decides to Host Women’s IPL in 2023
Apart from International and National women’s cricket tournaments, many countries introduced separate full-fledged women’s cricket league tournaments along with men’s league tournaments.
Since 2015, women have played franchise cricket in the Australian Women’s Big Bash League. In 2016, the semi-professional Women’s Cricket Super League was formed in England and Wales.
2018 marked the inaugural year for women’s franchise cricket in India. Women’s T20 Challenge was a two-team Twenty20 cricket competition in 2018.
A year later in 2019, the competition was expanded as a three-team tournament. The Women’s T20 Challenge was not held in 2021 even as the BCCI hosted the IPL in two halves amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the news agency, some IPL franchises have shown interest in being part of the women’s version of the league as well and as of now, they plan to have six teams.
“Women’s IPL is very much on from next year we are already working on the plan on how many teams we can have and what window is going to suit because we have men’s IPL as well.
As of now can’t share much details but yes, we are really excited about this league some franchises have already shown interest and are very keen to be part of this tournament.
We are planning to have six teams to start with and auction process and other important aspects of the tournament,” a BCCI source told ANI.
The board is reportedly exploring to organise the tournament in August next year and will soon make an official announcement.
“See as of now everything is just on paper it will take time to streamline everything there are many aspects that need to be taken care of, proper planning, auctions, teams, etc, but yes we might start the Women’s IPL in August but again its completely tentative, once everything it will be discussed and we will make an official announcement. This matter will also be discussed in the AGM to stamp it officially,” added the BCCI source.