BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has reportedly confirmed that a women’s IPL, the Women’s T20 Challenge, is scheduled to be held in UAE in November this year.
According to a report in PTI, the tournament will be held from November 1-10 in UAE, alongside the last leg of the men’s IPL, and will follow the same format as last year.
“I can confirm to you that the women’s IPL is very much on and we do have a plan in place for the national team also,” Ganguly was quoted as saying to PTI on August 2, ahead of IPL Governing Council meeting.
Ahead of next year’s women’s World Cup, scheduled to be held in New Zealand, Ganguly reportedly also confirmed that the India Women’s team will play white-ball series against South Africa and West Indies, the latter one post the IPL. A camp for centrally-contracted players of the women’s team is also set to be held in October.
This is excellent news . Our ODI World Cup campaign to finally kick start . A big thank you to @SGanguly99 @BCCI @JayShah and thank you @BoriaMajumdar for your support to women’s cricket . https://t.co/JpJSMGapzV
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) August 2, 2020
Last year’s women’s Women’s T20 Challenge was held between May 6 and May 11 in Jaipur, and consisted of three teams, Trailblazers, Supernovas, and Velocity. Each team, consisting of a squad of 13 players, included four overseas players. The teams were led by Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali Raj respectively. Top international stars such as Suzie Bates, Danni Wyatt and Stafanie Taylor were part of last year’s event.
This year’s IPL will extend to four teams, according to India Today. The ten-day schedule will, however, clash with the Women’s Big Bash League, announced by Cricket Australia to be held from October 17 to November 29 this year.