It can deceive you with its irony, but this is the word best described the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), as it will heavily impact on later developments. The WBBL’s sensational debut must be another feather in the cap for Cricket Australia (CA) if women’s cricket is considered. With crowds in excess of 10,000 for many games and viewership ratings which were the highest in their brackets, CA showed the world that there is an obvious appetite for high-quality women’s cricket among both television and family audiences.
The WBBL made its mark on the Indian female cricketers too. Even though Mithali Raj couldn’t be a part of the tournament because of domestic commitments, she told ahead of the recently concluded Women’s World T20: “The T20 World Cup will be important in popularising the game. If we do well in it, it will definitely give birth to the women’s IPL.”
The world of women’s cricket is now hopeful that a women’s IPL will become a reality very soon as like a major portion of the cricket audience. But you cannot do a handstand on some shaky elbows. If a women’s IPL is serious to take root and take off in our country, some much-needed groundwork requires being finished first.
Below are the 5 possible areas where BCCI needs to concentrate before even thinking about Women’s IPL.