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India aim for Women’s IPL in next three years

The match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium on 22 May and will be broadcasted live from 2:30 PM, as the BCCI plans to start a women's IPL in the next two to three years

New Delhi: The BCCI Committee of Administrators head Vinod Rai on Tuesday said that they are aiming to launch a women’s edition of the Indian Premier League in the next three years.

Two teams, led by young Indian stars Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur, will have 20 Indian players while 10 will be overseas players.

The match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium on 22 May and will be broadcast live from 2:30 PM, as the BCCI plans to start a women’s IPL in the next two to three years.

“We are planning to get a women’s IPL in place in two to three years,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) administrator Vinod Rai said.

 

“The opportunity to play ahead of the men’s IPL match, it was hard to turn that down,” said New Zealand’s Sophie Devine, who was announced for the match.

Really looking forward to heading back to Mumbai early next week, another awesome development for women’s cricket, Perry tweeted.

 No firm details of the new league have yet been revealed, but pressure for a women’s IPL has been building since India reached the final of the women’s World Cup in England last year.

Women cricketers from Australia, England and South Africa will play an Indian team under IPL rules in the 22 May game in Mumbai.

White Ferns captain Suzie Bates, attacking batter Sophie Devine, who holds the record for fastest half-century in women’s T20Is, Australia’s fine all-rounder Ellyse Perry, wicket-keeper bat Alyssa Healy, Megan Schutt and Beth Mooney have confirmed their participation. Danielle Wyatt and Daniel Hazell will add the English flavour.

“The match to be played between a BCCI XI and IPL XI will take place ahead of the first (men’s IPL) playoff at the Wankhede Stadium,” Rai said.

The Mithali Raj-led India lost to England in the World Cup final last year and received a rapturous welcome on their return. The rating success of the World Cup prompted the International Cricket Council to promote a greater role for women’s cricket.

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Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi
Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi
Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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