WIPL (Women’s Indian Premier League)- The BCCI announced the possibility of Women’s IPL (Indian Premier League) happening next year.
After the increasing popularity of women’s cricket in India and across the world, WIPL (Women’s Indian Premier League) will be the topic of the town in women’s cricket.
The Indian Women’s Cricket Team has done well in global tournaments over the years. And recently, they won a silver medal in the commonwealth games 2022. They fell short in the final against Australia to get gold. The game was introduced for the first time in the tournament.
BCCI’s president Saurav Ganguly said in February this year that women’s IPL will most likely happen in March 2023.
What Saurav Ganguly said about Women’s Indian Premier League
“We are at the level of formulation to have a full-fledged WIPL. It is certainly going to happen,” he said. “I strongly believe that next year i.e. 2023 will be a very good time to start a full-fledged women’s IPL which will be as big and grand a success as men’s IPL.”
Women’s cricket calendar
BCCI has opened the window for women’s IPL and advanced its calendar for women’s cricket. The WIPL will likely happen in March 2023 with five or six teams participating in the inaugural tournament.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India is already running the Women’s T20 challenge since 2018. Three teams involved in the tournament are Trailblazers, Velocity, and Supernovas.
At first, the tournament was played as a one off match between the two teams. But now the tournament is held on a league stage basis with three teams for a few years. Only 2021 is the year in which the tournament was not conducted due to the COVID pandemic.
Jay Shah, secretary of the BCCI also hinted about the women’s IPL in May.
What Jay Shah said-
“I am thrilled at the kind of response we have got from stakeholders. Multiple existing IPL teams have enquired and expressed serious interest in owning WIPL franchises.”
Now, women’s cricket season will start on October 11 with a T20 tournament. There will be inter zonal games and some other domestic tournaments for women’s cricket including the U-19 tournament considering the women’s U-19 World Cup will be held in South Africa. It will give women’s cricketers a good exposure before the World Cup (WC).
The initiative for women’s cricket progress
It is a good initiative by the BCCI to encourage women’s cricket in India and all over the world. We will get to see so many talented women’s cricketers across India and around the world I WIPL.
West Indies (WI) already announced the Women’s CPL (Caribbean Premier League) for the first time. It will be a three teams tournament.
Fans are excited to see women’s IPL and some Indian women’s cricketers like H Kaur and S Mandhana also show the desire to have this league. They are excited to play in this league. Former Indian women’s cricketer M Raj also shows her desire to play in this league and came out of retirement.
Franchises desire to buy the team in Women’s Indian Premier League
Some franchises like Rajasthan Royals have shown interest in buying the team in Women’s IPL. They already have a franchise team in CPL in Barbados.
Some big franchises like Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are also keen on buying the teams in WIPL.
Knight Riders franchise also owns a team in the inaugural Women’s CPL. They also own a team in Trinbago Knight Riders in Men’s CPL.
The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) will discuss Women’s Indian Premier League in their annual general meeting (AGM) in September. The main topic of discussion in the meeting will be media rights and sponsorship.
We all are excited to see the women’s cricketers around the world in the Women’s Indian Premier League (WIPL). It will be a great tournament we will get to see so many interesting and close games in the tournament. BCCI will make sure that lots of talented cricketers around the world will participate in the WIPL.
Let’s see how the tournament goes. There are 7 months still left before starting the tournament. We will notify you whenever there is any update regarding the teams, auctions, etc regarding the WIPL.
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