The first season of IPL for women is expected to be held in early 2023, according to a report citing a letter BCCI president Sourav Ganguly recently sent to his member associations. There have been calls to replicate the success of men’s IPL, which started in 2008 and has seen rapid growth, placing it on the list of the world’s most valuable sports competitions.
Not to mention, IPL has become a stage from which top cricketing talents have emerged and represented the Indian men’s cricket team over the years. A tournament along the lines of IPL is expected to promote women’s cricket and help generate talented players.
“The BCCI is currently working on the highly anticipated IPL for women. We expect to start the first season early next year. More details will follow in due course,” The Times of India quoted a letter Ganguly sent to state associations on Tuesday – the day of the first T20I between India and Australia.
Australia (Women’s Big Bash League) and England (Women’s Cricket Super League and The Hundred) already have professional women’s cricket leagues.
In addition, Ganguly has also announced that the board will introduce a new U-15 tournament for girls from its season onwards, which is expected to open a path for them to play international cricket.
“We are excited to introduce a girls u-15 tournament starting this season. Women’s cricket has experienced phenomenal growth around the world and our national team has performed well. This new tournament will create an avenue for our girls to play at an international level,” the letter said.
India’s home season has started with the ongoing T20I series of three games against Australia, after which they will host South Africa for three T20Is and as many ODIs.
They will then fly to Australia for the T20 World Cup and then return home to play host to Sri Lanka and New Zealand in what will be a busy season.
The women’s team will later host Australia.
“The 2022-23 Indian cricket season has started and I am happy to share with you that we are getting back to normal. You should be aware that this year we have the usual full-fledged domestic season for all age groups and the competitions will be organized across the country. It is heartwarming to see the support that the BCCI has received from all its members over the years. I’m sure the pandemic is behind us and we are all now looking forward to a secure future,” Ganguy said.
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