The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is pondering over a new issue which could transform the dynamics of Women’s cricket in India – whether to start a Women’s T20 IPL, which would be the female counterpart to the Indian Premier League that India has been witnessing for 11 years now. BCCI will also conduct a few exhibition women T20 matches during IPL 2018’s knockout stages, to test the practicality of a women’s T20 league.
BCCI is making moves to start Women’s IPL
According to the chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA), Vinod Rai, the BCCI has committed itself to conduct women’s IPL, and the upcoming season could see come concrete decisions being made on the front. Vinod Rai told the Times of India on Sunday (25 Feb), “If we find that we can host a few exhibition matches then BCCI would like to do it this year. The women cricketers deserve to play IPL.”In the October of 2017, even the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council were reported to be holding deliberations the issue of women’s IPL. As reported by Cricbuzz, a statement informed about the minutes of the meeting and said, “The members deliberated on the requirement for a women’s event besides an event for the juniors. The members suggested that a plan can be drawn and presented at the subsequent meeting.”Former India women’s cricketer and currently a CoA member, Diana Edulji, feels that the Women’s IPL is a great cause, but a lot of planning is needed to be invested in order to make the idea a reality. Diana said, “The IPL GC may discuss it for sure. If it’s feasible we will do it. I am all for women’s IPL. But it’s too late this year to come up with a full-fledged event because of time constraint. We need a different window and, therefore, we can’t rush into it. It needs a lot of planning.”
England and Australia to be included in T20 exhibition matches in India
It has been reported that a few top cricketers from England and Australia might be involved for the exhibition matches for women’s T20. India are scheduled to play a decent amount of cricket against Australia and England in the near future, and if things go as planned, then the international players could be invited for this year’s women’s T20 exhibition event.Diana Edulji added that there was a new spark to the women’s Indian team, and they were looking keen to win cricket matches since recent past. “I am happy with the way they played. This series has shown a new Indian team. The body language was good. Their fielding picked up and they were keen to win the series,” concluded Diana.READ: Nidahas Trophy T20I Tri-series: Squads, Fixtures, Watch Online & TV Channel.