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The stage is set for women’s IPL: Mithali Raj

After the fantastic voyage of Women’s World Cup 2017, the skipper Mithali Raj feels the stage is set for women’s IPL. India had a dream start to this edition of World Cup. Beating the odds, they cruised to the finals but lost the nail-biting match by mere 9 runs.

 

"Women in blue" after their loss in the finals

India had a heartbreaking end to their journey of World Cup. At one stage, the score was 191 for the loss of 3 wickets. India just had to maintain their calm and look for rotating strikes. Unfortunately, after the fall of Punam’s wicket, wicket stumbled down too quickly. India lost 7 wickets in quick succession. Veda and Deepthi were the only players to have a promising start but ended up losing their wickets at the endeth moment. In the post match presentation, Mithali Raj definitely looked dejected but she showed her maturity and was all in praises for her team. 

 

From her words, it is quite clear that the youngsters need better exposure to international cricket. One of the best ways to overcome such tension is the domestic league matches. IPL has been a huge success for men and it is sure to bring in dynamic improvement for the young talents. In women’s game, it’s BigBash league that has brought success in bringing up new talents.

 

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The success of Women’s BigBash League:

 

One of the major reasons for the improvement of Aussie cricketers is the Women’s BigBash League. The inaugural league has been a huge success and promises to grow its popularity exponentially. Harmanpreet Kaur was auctioned for Sydney Thunders and Smriti Mandhana for Brisbane Heat, making them the only Indian players to play overseas league. Many foreign players have credited their success at ICC WorldT20 from the experience gained by playing WBBL. The two seasons of WBBL have been a grand success and its popularity is bound to increase in upcoming years.

 

Positive response for women’s IPL:

 

Diana Edulji, former skipper of women's team, is one of the BCCI administrator.

                Diana Edulji, the former skipper of women’s team, is one of the BCCI administrators.

Impressed by the recent performance of “Women in Blue”, BCCI is now considering to commence an IPL-themed domestic league. The idea was pitched in the committee and it seems to have a positive response from them. Former skipper of Indian women’s team, Diana Edulji, has stated in a meeting that 

We are in talks of having a Woman’s IPL. It is still on the drawing board. But now we need to look at it seriously. To start with we need to have a 5 team affair. It will encourage more cricketers to come out and play. We will tap into a lot more talent. I am happy that the women’s are getting good coverage and they have responded well by coming to the final

 

Indian women’s team is gaining support from all directions for the IPL introduction. Former Indian opener, Virender Sehwag, has also expressed his views on women’s IPL over twitter.

 

Author’s take:

Under the patronage of BCCI, women team’s performance has increased by leaps and bounds. The Board has also shown encouragement by awarding 50 lakhs for every member of the squad and 25 lakhs for the supporting staff. And now BCCI is also showing interest in women’s IPL. This league is sure to attract a lot of sponsors, ultimately leading to better media coverage. The year 2017 has seen a new era of women’s cricket and it is sure to grow in the upcoming years.

The year 2017 has seen a new era of women’s cricket and it is sure to grow in the upcoming years”Opportunity knocks the door only once”, well for India, now is the opportunity. “Women in Blue” must make the most use of it. Hope we get to watch women’s IPL soon.

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