New Delhi: India ODI captain Mithali Raj has stated BCCI shouldn’t “wait forever” to organise the ladies’s Indian Premier League (IPL), and believes the inaugural event needs to be held in 2021. She additionally stated that the ladies’s IPL, not like the lads’s version, might initially be on a “smaller scale”.
“I personally feel they should start a women’s IPL by next year, even if it’s on a slightly smaller scale and with some changes in rules, such as, say, have five to six foreign players in the first edition instead of four as is the case with the men’s IPL,” Mithali instructed ESPNcricinfo.
The BCCI has hosted Women’s IPL exhibition matches within the final two years however has stated a full-fledged event will take a while to take form. In this 12 months’s Women’s T20 Challenge event, a complete of seven matches are scheduled to be performed within the event in the course of the IPL Playoff week in Jaipur.
However, with the continued coronavirus pandemic and the following nation-wide lockdown, the chance to the event being held stays extremely unlikely.
While accepting that India at the moment does not have the depth in girls’s cricket, Mithali steered current IPL franchises might personal groups to facilitate the ladies’s event.
“I agree we don’t have the depth in the domestic pool yet, but the key is to get the existing franchises to form teams, even if (only) five or six of them are keen to begin the process because in any case, the BCCI was going to have four teams (in the Women’s T20 Challenge),” she stated.
“You cannot wait forever; you have to begin at some point, and gradually, year by year, you can keep evolving the league and then bring it down to four foreign players,” she added.
Earlier, Sunil Gavaskar had additionally urged BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to provide you with a plan to organise a Women’s IPL within the nation from 2021.