Sourav Ganguly Believes A Seven-Team Women’s IPL Will Take At Least Four Years
India is rapidly growing towards a successful future when it comes to women’s cricket. However, it is still a work in progress and the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly believes that practically it will take a minimum of four years for seven-team Women’s IPL to be launched.
In the last couple of years, there have been talks about conducting a seven-team women’s Indian Premier League (IPL). Recently, the national women’s cricket team is doing a fantastic job and the cricket board is conducting various events to promote more of the women’s game.
However, the women’s IPL caught fans and legend cricketers’ eyes when India had a marvelous innings heading to the final of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017. And BCCI did carry out few matches during the IPL to analyze how things would pan out.
The board organized a one-off women’s T20 exhibition match at Wankhede Stadium before the first men’s IPL qualifier game. However, the game did not attract too many spectators, only less than 200 people were watching the game that was held at noon.
And then BCCI took a rather big step when they turned the Women’s T20 Challenge into a three-team event in 2019. The odds went with the board and the women cricketers, even after they coincided with the playoffs of the IPL. Nat Sciver’s Supernovas won the Women’s T20 Challenge following a thrilling final against Dani Wyatt’s Velocity in Jaipur in May 2019.
Sourav Ganguly: ‘I see a seven-team IPL with best women players in four years’ time’
With the next edition of men’s IPL coming in 2020, everyone is curious to know if there will also be another version of the Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy. Referring to the subject, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said that it will take at least four years for a seven or eight-team women’s IPL tournament to take place.
“You need to understand the practicality of it,” Sourav Ganguly told India Today. “You need a lot more women players. I see that in four years’ time, to get a seven-team IPL with the best women players [in participation].”
But in order for the big dream to come true, the conditions in the state teams of the domestic cricket need to be controlled first. Although BCCI had started working to conduct a four-team women’s T20 challenge and with the successful home assignment against South Africa held in Surat, the board thinks to conduct the next Women’s T20 Challenge in the same city.
However, before that, the board will have to build a strong domestic circuit for women cricketers. And considering all this, Ganguly believes that it will take four years to see a full-fledged eight or seven-team women’s IPL.
“You have to let the state association teams get stronger, a lot of them are getting stronger,” Sourav Ganguly said. “The push for women’s cricket has been enormous over the last few years. Three years down the line, when you have 150-160 players, you can take the IPL forward. Right now, we have 50-60 players. With the push BCCI has for women’s cricket, that will only increase.”
The board has already started working on it with the re-introduction of A-tour being one of those steps. The India women’s cricket team toured the West Indies women’s cricket team in November 2019. The tour consisted of three Women’s One Day Internationals (WODIs), and five Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) matches. India won the WODI series by 2–1 and WT20I series by 5-0.
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