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BCCI proposes six-team Women’s IPL from next year

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is mulling a six-team Women’s IPL from 2023 onwards. The decision was taken at an Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council meeting in Mumbai on Friday, March 25. As per reports, the current IPL teams will get the first preference. This year, the Women’s T20 Challenge, comprising three teams, will take place.

The GC members will be asking the existing IPL franchises if they can have a women’s team as well. Thereafter, the world’s richest board will invite bids from outside parties. Back in 2020, Jio paid INR 12 crores for the sponsorship of the Women’s T20 Challenge and the potential for the Women’s IPL has been encouraged by the same.

BCCI must find window to host Women’s IPL

On the Women’s IPL, a member of the governing council said that the BCCI will look into the same and formulate strategies in the coming days.

“Obviously, running the event alongside the men’s IPL may not be possible. We may have to explore a window first. Besides, the details of the proposed event will be worked out,” a GC member was quoted as saying in Cricbuzz.

Recently, Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced that a three-team women’s tournament will take place along with the men’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Ramiz Raja, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, has also given a green signal for the Women’s PSL from next year onwards.

After the launch of the two leagues, the BCCI has been under a bit of pressure to start the Women’s IPL. A number of women’s cricketers have also spoken about starting the tournament as soon as possible. Back in 2018, the Trailblazers and Supernovas took place in a one-off match at the Wankhede Stadium before the IPL playoffs.

From 2019 onwards, a third team, Velocity, led by Mithali Raj, was added. Back in 2021, the Women’s T20 Challenge couldn’t take place due to hassles surrounding COVID-19. While Harmanpreet Kaur led the Supernovas, Smriti Mandhana led the Trailblazers.

The men’s IPL, in the meantime, is set to get underway on March 26. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will lock horns in the opening game at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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