Famous commentator-cum-analyst Harsha Bhogle is of the view that India is ready to host a fully-fledged women’s IPL by 2021. He was speaking at Cricbuzz’s voice of cricket. Earlier this year in the ICC women’s T20 World Cup final at Melbourne, we saw an attendance of over 85000 which is a very big number for women’s cricket. India lost that match by a massive margin.
Harsha Bhogle said, “What struck me was where, in home conditions, Australia’s women have taken their game. I’ve no doubt that this athleticism, this multi-skilled approach has a great deal to do with the player base that has developed because of the Women’s Big Bash. I think India is ready for a Women’s IPL — the earlier we get things going the better. If we don’t see a fully-fledged IPL in 2021, I will be very disappointed,”
“What I am proposing is a 32-game tournament, where each team plays each other once, with six international players and five Indians in an XI for the first two years. Down the line, this ratio can change, as the franchises then become the scouting arm for Indian women’s cricket as they have done for the men’s game. The tournament can be played during late February and March as a precursor to the men’s version,” he added.
Earlier BCCI president Saurav Ganguly also said that right now we have 50-60 women players in domestic circuit and once we have 150 – 160 players then we are ready to have a full IPL.
Last year there were three teams in the tournament and all the matches were hosted by Sawai Man Singh Stadium Jaipur. The three teams -Velocity, Supernovas and Trailblazers- played four exhibition matches between them, with Trailblazers coming as a winner of the mini tournament. While in 2018, only two teams – Supernovas and Trailblazers – played an off game at Wankhede.