With the IPL schedule is all but fixed, BCCI now gears up for 4-team women’s mini IPL. As per the latest reports Jaipur might host the 7-match mini tournament this year. This will be the consecutive third year BCCI organising such exhibition matches to promote women’s cricket in the country.
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.
According to a TOI report, a senior BCCI official said, “There would be seven matches between four teams in the women’s IPL and Jaipur is likely to host them.“
With every passing year, the women’s IPL seems to be gaining more popularity and fan-base as this year the women’s IPL will see the four- teams clash for the title. This year’s mini women IPL will also feature Australian players for the first time in the short history of the tournament.
For the first time the fans will watch, the likes of Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, and Alyssa Hayley playing in IPL colours with India’s cricketing beauties. All the four teams will play each other in a round-robin format for six matches and the top two will fight it out for the coveted trophy.
Although the tournament is still in its infancy state but BCCI chief, Sourav Ganguly must be praised for the efforts he has put in make the tournament four-teams affair. Ganguly resolved all the issues with Cricket Australia to agree them to take part in the mini IPL.
Earlier, Ganguly had also talked about the future of the tournament and the need of time to make it as large as men’s IPL, “You need to understand the practicality of it. You need a lot more women players. I see that in four years’ time, to get a seven-team IPL with the best women players [in participation].
“You have to let the state association teams get stronger, a lot of them are getting stronger,” Sourav Ganguly had said before adding, “The push for women’s cricket has been enormous over the last few years. Three years down the line, when you have 150-160 players, you can take the IPL forward. Right now, we have 50-60 players. With the push BCCI has for women’s cricket, that will only increase.”