Women's IPL is very much on: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly
As per reports, the series is likely to be held between November 1-10 and there could be a camp for players before that.
Putting an end to speculations that BCCI was not going ahead with the proposed Women's IPL, president Sourav Ganguly on Sunday said that Challenger series -- as the tournament is better known -- is "very much on".
The men's IPL will be held between September 19 and November 8 or 10 (final date yet to be locked in) in the UAE due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in India. The women's IPL with 4 teams will most likely be played between 1-10 November in UAE.
In a very imp development @BCCI @SGanguly99 confirms women’s @IPL on the model of last year with 4 teams to be played between 1-10 November in UAE. @BCCIWomen @mandhana_smriti @ImHarmanpreet @JhulanG10 @M_Raj03 this is welcome news. Camp in October says Sourav. @IndiaToday— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) August 2, 2020
He says @BCCIWomen will get a series done with South Africa in Oct ahead of the @IPL games and post IpL a West Indies tour is planned. Then ofc down under for the World Cup if all goes to plan. @wvraman time to get your planning hat on. Imp BCCI is proactive on women’s cricket.— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) August 2, 2020
The BCCI president, who is awaiting a Supreme Court verdict on waiver of the cooling off period to continue in the position, did not divulge details but another senior official privy to the development said that women's series will be held during the last phase of IPL like last year, PTI reported.
"I can confirm to you that the women's IPL is very much on and we do have a plan in place for the national team also," Ganguly told PTI ahead of the IPL Governing Council meeting later on Sunday.
"The series is likely to be held between November 1-10 and there could be a camp before that," the source added.
The former India captain also said that the centrally contracted women players will have a camp which has been delayed due to the prevailing situation in the country. "We couldn't have exposed any of our cricketers -- be it male or female to health risk. It would have been dangerous," Ganguly said.
"The NCA also remained shut because of COVID-19. But we have a plan in place and we will have a camp for women, I can tell you that," he added.
The BCCI's cricket operations team is chalking up a schedule where Indian women are likely to have two full fledged white-ball series against South Africa and the West Indies before playing the ODI World Cup in New Zealand.
On the whole, the #WomensT20Challenge has worked. I am a big supporter of a #WomensIPL and have some thoughts which I will share later. But we have to find a way of ensuring that the existing 8 franchises also have a women's IPL team. Will be a shot in the arm.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 11, 2019
Will inspire more girls to take up cricket
This year, BCCI had scheduled a four-team contest in the Women’s T20 Challenge with seven matches compared to last year’s four. However, the coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of the tournament.
In a recent interview with ANI, Indian cricketer, Shikha Pandey said that the Women’s IPL can encourage more girls in the country to take up the sport.
“As a cricketer, if you ask me, having the high-intensity games and being able to play them would be a big plus for us, at the international level, you get to play high-intensity games, to have world-class cricketers playing alongside you, you get to learn so much from them in terms of their experience. With IPL matches being happening and them being televised, a lot of young girls would be able to watch it on television, it would be a huge thing as being a 90s kid I did not get the chance to watch televised women’s matches much,” the pacer said.
“We have played Women’s T20 Challenge in 2018 and 2019, the kind of reception we got from the people that came to watch those matches was amazing, the stadium was jampacked, any international series we play in India, we have always received great support from the crowd,” 31-year-old said.
"It would inspire the younger lot to take up cricket. We have got a huge talent pool within our domestic cricket, I would say Women’s IPL should happen and I am very sure in another year or two, we will see a very well organised Women’s IPL."