The Women’s Indian Premier League (WIPL)’s inaugural season is likely to take place from March 3 to March 26. IPL 2023, the men’s version, is scheduled to begin on April 1. The dates have not yet been officially confirmed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Since the Indian cricket board announced that the tournament would be held in 2023, both players and fans have been very excited about the WIPL.
ESPNcricinfo reported that the BCCI has allocated a window for the WIPL. A few days after the Women’s T20 World Cup final in 2023, which will be played on February 2, the T20 league is scheduled to begin.
The media-rights tender for the Women’s IPL seasons from 2023 to 2027 was announced by the BCCI on Friday, December 9 as part of the process of organization. The tender must be picked up by December 31 as of now.
The inaugural WIPL will feature 22 matches played by five franchises, according to reports. There is a maximum of 18 players on a squad, which can include up to six international players. Five unfamiliar players can highlight in a playing XI during a WIPL game, given four are from Full Part nations and one is from a Partner country.
Before finalizing the dates for the Men’s IPL, the BCCI is said to be looking into the availability of international cricketers. After the schedule had to be changed in the last couple of seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the T20 league will play in a home-and-away format.
What the stars of India have to say about the Women’s IPL According to India women’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur, the WIPL has the potential to significantly prepare domestic cricketers for the challenges they will face when they move up to the international level.
Harmanpreet stated in a recent interview with the Star Sports program “Follow the Blues“:
“The Indian Premier League (IPL) will be an excellent platform for extremely talented players; however, they are still unable to alter their approach or mindset to international cricket overnight. But in the Indian Premier League, if they get the chance to play against players from other countries, it will give them a platform, and they will be able to play well and comprehend international cricket.“
Smriti Mandhana, a senior batter, and opener, echoed similar sentiments regarding the Women’s Indian Premier League and also mentioned how Big Bash and The Hundred have benefited England and Australia, respectively. She remarked:
“From a grassroots perspective, we know that the Big Bash and The Hundred have aided England and Australia, respectively, in their domestic setup and other areas. So, I’m actually really happy because the women’s IPL will benefit not only the Indian team a lot but also a lot of domestic girls, which is something I’m looking forward to.“
The Indian Ladies’ group is right now taking on Australia Ladies in a five-match T20I series at home. The guests pounded the Ladies dressed in Blue by nine wickets in the primary game at the DY Patil Arena in Mumbai on Friday.
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