Until this point, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has been organizing the Women’s T20 Challenge since 2018. The three-team tournament saw the participation of Indian as well as overseas players.
However, the fans have demanded the board introduce Women’s IPL due to the success and growing popularity of the Indian team. The Women in Blue emerged as the runner-up in the 2017 World Cup and 2020 T20 World Cup.
Realizing the importance, BCCI took a major step to be hosting the inaugural five-team Women’s IPL in February-March 2023. The draft system is likely to be adopted by BCCI for the allocation of players to different franchises. Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals Kolkata Knight Riders, Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals, and Royal Challengers Bangalore are the interested franchises.
With teams increasing from three to five, it will certainly be a big opportunity for the local talents to emerge and stake a claim for the national side. Moreover, Women’s cricket in the country will bring in more investments and prosper well.
Harmanpreet Kaur excited for Women’s IPL 2023
Harmanpreet reckoned that sharing a dressing room with overseas cricket will be a great learning experience for the young players. She further thinks that these players will be picked for the national side if they manage to be proficient with their performances.
Furthermore, the 33-year-old added that she benefitted a lot from featuring in the WBBL and The Hundred. In this regard, she believes the competence level of players goes a touch higher, after rubbing shoulders with top players in the business.
“The women’s IPL is something we are looking forward to. It will be a good experience, especially for the domestic players who are good but were not getting the chance to play at the international level.”
Harmanpreet also opined that they are missing Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj, as they were the torch-bearers for the national team. She thinks that they gave their 100% to make Jhulan Goswami’s last series in England in the 2022 special.
The Indian skipper will be seen leading the Indian team in the forthcoming five-match Australia series in December. It will be interesting to witness whether India can secure a victory and get confidence ahead of T20 World Cup.