The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is proposing a six-team Womens IPL from next year. At a Governing Council (GC) meeting of the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on Friday (March 25), a decision was taken that efforts will be made to start a franchise-based annual T20 tournament for women cricketers from 2023. A usual three-team Womens T20 Challenge will be played this year during the IPL.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly after the meeting with the IPL Governing Council said, “It (full women’s IPL) has to be passed by the AGM. We are looking forward to launching it by next year”.
Meanwhile, IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel said, ‘The process (to start women’s IPL) has started. It can be a five or six-team league. However, this year there will be four matches for women in IPL. It will be held during the men’s playoffs. There will be three teams in the Women’s T20 Challenger. All matches are likely to be held in Pune”.
The BCCI has been under pressure to launch the Womens IPL for quite some time. With Cricket West Indies (CWI) deciding to introduce a three-team league from this year, alongside the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), and neighboring Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also making similar noises, it has become obligatory for the BCCI to fast track the Womens IPL.
In another important decision, the GC cleared the media rights tender for the IPL for the 2023-27 cycle. The Invitation To Tender (ITT) document, in all likelihood, will be out on Tuesday or Wednesday. As reported previously, there will be multiple options for the bidding parties who, it is learnt, will be required to have a net worth of INR 1000 Crore.