BCCI plans to launch the Women’s IPL by 2023; The Women’s T20 Challenge returns this season

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The board plans to have five or six teams in the inaugural edition of the Women’s IPL, but will need AGM approval first

BCCI plans to launch the Women’s IPL by 2023, board chairman Sourav Ganguly said on Friday, while the four-game Women’s T20 Challenge returns this season after a one-week hiatus. year.

The board plans to have five or six teams in the inaugural edition. All ten existing men’s IPL franchises will have first right of refusal to purchase the women’s IPL teams.

It is learned that at least four male IPL franchises are interested in knowing from BCCI what is on the table in case they want to invest in WIPL.

“This [the full-fledged women’s IPL] must be approved by the general meeting. We plan to start it by next year hopefully,” Ganguly told reporters after the IPL board meeting in Mumbai on Friday.

IPL chairman Brijesh Patel has made it clear that this season there will be “four matches involving three women’s teams at the time of the IPL Men’s Qualifiers”. Pune will be the most likely venue for the women’s games.

According to Patel, there would be five or six teams in the women’s IPL, but again that would require approval from the general body.

* Indian women’s flyhalf Shafali Verma, currently in New Zealand for the World Cup, said on the eve of her final league game: “Of course they say there will be a six-team women’s IPL l next year, which is very “That’s a good thing. All of our players, including national cricketers, will learn a lot, which is a very good thing. My favorite IPL team is the Mumbai Indians. I love watching them play and learning a lot from them.”
Chloe Tryon from South Africa further gave the examples of Women’s BBL and Hundred to say how much they needed more such leagues to show off their talent.

“It’s fantastic for women’s cricket,” Tryon said on Saturday. “If you saw how successful the Big Bash was and the Hundred just got back to it, we want things like this to happen. We want leagues from all over the world. We want to show off our skills And it’s fantastic to see that there are six teams now, so I think a lot of people, not just me, are really looking forward to wanting to play there.

“We know what it’s like to play in India. We know how the crowds are. It’s really good. So I’m really excited to see how it goes. I hope I want to play; we’ll see how it’s happening . But it’s really exciting for women’s cricket. And as you can see this World Cup is getting a lot of attention and I’m just grateful that they (BCCI) are looking at it and putting women’s cricket on the platform. So it’s really exciting.”

With the second half of the IPL being moved to the UAE due to the pandemic, the Women’s T20 Challenge did not take place last year. However, it was held in the United Arab Emirates in 2020 when Trailblazers won the title.

The Men’s IPL begins on Saturday with defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on the Kolkata Knight Riders at Wankhede Stadium.

* 0645 GMT: Story updated after Shafali Verma and Chloe Tyyon spoke in Christchurch.

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