According to media reports, the first season of the women’s IPL will begin in March next year. Five teams will be included in the first season. Also on how to select these teams..
Ever since the introduction of the Women’s T20 Challenge, there has been a constant demand for a full season of the Women’s IPL. However, BCCI has given great news to the fans this year. BCCI said that the roadmap for women’s IPL is fully prepared and it can start from next year. Recently some more updates regarding women’s IPL have come out. It provides information about the team, venue and matches.
Five teams in IPL
According to media reports, the first season of the women’s IPL will begin in March next year. Five teams will be included in the first season. A decision on how to select these teams is yet to be made. The first option with the board is to divide the teams zone-wise (North, South, Central, East, North-East, West) or city-wise (Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata) as in the men’s IPL.
Matches on only two venues..
Only two venues will be decided for five teams. First all the teams play matches at one venue and then move to another venue together. It seems that the 2024 season will be played at two different grounds. From 2024, it will be held on the ground allotted to the remaining teams. However, it seems that now i.e. next year 2023, they will play on the same ground.
20 matches in the league round..
Five teams will play 20 league matches. All teams will play each other twice. The top team will directly qualify for the final, while the second and third placed teams will play an eliminator. Here each team will be allowed to have five foreign players. In this, four players are to be taken from ICC full member countries, while one player is from an associate country.
Criticism of BCCI
Last year BCCI did not seem serious about women’s IPL. Board president and former captain Sourav Ganguly said in an interview that the BCCI officials are saying that as the number of women cricketers in the country increases, they will come up with extensive tournaments. Since then, criticism of the board has intensified. It is noteworthy that shortly after this, it was announced that the women’s IPL will start from next year.