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Mithali Raj wants women’s IPL next year, says BCCI shouldn’t wait forever

BCCI mustn’t “wait forever” to begin the women’s IPL, mentioned India women’s ODI captain Mithali Raj, urging the board to make it occur next yr on a smaller scale earlier than regularly creating it.

“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,” Raj instructed ‘ESPNCricinfo’.

After India misplaced the T20 World Cup within the finals earlier this month, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar had known as for a full-fledged women’s IPL from next yr to unearth expertise.

In 2019, a three-team women’s event was held that includes sides known as IPL Velocity, IPL Trailblazers and IPL Supernovas.

This yr, the BCCI had determined to organise a four-team women’s T20 problem to run parallel to the boys’s IPL playoffs, however now it has been placed on maintain together with the primary occasion because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

India don’t have sufficient girls cricketers for a full-fledged IPL however Raj mentioned it could possibly nonetheless be performed if present IPL franchises personal groups to start the method.

“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,” she mentioned.

“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.”

Raj additionally mentioned that teen sensation Shafali Verma, who impressed with the bat within the T20 World Cup, must be included within the ODIs too.

“It’s not a bad idea to consider her for the ODIs. She is young but that should not be a criterion for not giving her opportunities in the ODI side,” she mentioned.

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