BCCI To Consider March 2023 Window for First Women’s IPL
By CricShots - Aug 13, 2022 11:16 am
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According to the reports of ESPNcricinfo, BCCI is looking at March 2023 as a window for the inaugural edition of women’s IPL and so they have decided to prepone women’s domestic calendar by a month. The report also mentions that the processes to start the tournament as scheduled are underway according to Sourav Ganguly. There has been a continuous discussion over the scheduling of women’s IPL recently from many former cricketers and experts.

Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Smriti Mandhana 

The demand for a full-fledged women’s IPL was on rising and BCCI secretary, Jay Shah had indicated that the BCCI was aiming to start it soon. The Indian cricket board is chalking out their plans for Women’s IPL and as per a report by ESPNcricinfo, they have earmarked a window in March 2023 for the inaugural edition.

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The report further explained that BCCI has tweaked its women’s domestic calendar to accommodate the WIPL (Women’s IPL). The season generally commences in November and concludes by April but it is advanced by a month now. The season will now be expected to start with the T20 competition on October 11 and will end in February with a one-day competition.

Indian women’s team 

The owners of Rajasthan Royals and Barbados Royals have expressed their interest in having a WIPL franchise. The Knight Riders group, who has teams in multiple leagues, are also keen to add one more to their tally.

After India’s silver medal in the recently held Commonwealth Games, veteran cricketers like Harmapreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have backed the league. Former Indian skipper, Mithali Raj has also supported the concept and has expressed to desire to step out of retirement and be a part of the inaugural edition.

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During a chat on ICC 100% Cricket podcast, Mithali Raj said, “I’m keeping that option open. I’ve 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.”