India women’s ODI captain Mithali Raj on Thursday urged the BCCI to come up with a plan to organize a women’s IPL in the country from 2021.
Mithali Raj said that BCCI should not “wait forever” to organise the women’s IPL, although she believes initially the tournament can 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 Raj told ESPNcricinfo.
Mithali’s comments came after India finished runners-up in Women’s T20 World Cup final in Australia. Harmanpreet Kaur’s team was completely outclassed by hosts Australia who went on to win their 5th T20 World Cup trophy in front of an 85,000-strong crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Notably, the BCCI has hosted Women’s IPL exhibition matches in the last 2 years but has said a full-fledged Women’s IPL tournament will take some time to take shape. On the other hand, Australia have already hosted 5 editions of a highly-successful Women’s Big Bash League. England also have their own women’s T20 league — Kia Super League that has seen 4 successful editions.
“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].