Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is expected to start the women’s Indian Premier League (IPL) by next year.
The decision was taken in a Governing Council (GC) meeting of the IPL here on Friday.
The same has also been confirmed by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.
All efforts will be made to start a six-team annual Twenty20 tournament for the women’s cricketers, with first preference being given for the existing IPL franchises, according to Cricbuzz.
The GC members have decided that the existing franchises of the IPL will be asked if they could also have the women’s team, otherwise the BCCI will invite other parties to own the franchises.
Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings will take on last year’s finalist Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium today at the 15th edition of IPL. Both the teams will be led by new on field bosses.
While Kolkata have picked young Indian in-form batsman Shreyas Iyer as their captain following the fresh auction of players earlier this year, celebrated cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has handed over Chennai’s batton to his younger mate and vibrant allrounder Ravindra Jadeja, who has been wearing the yellow jersey for long.
Chennai, who comprehensively defeated Kolkata in the IPL 2021 final held in Dubai amid COVID-19 fear, will have Ambati Rayudu, Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, allrounder Dwayne Bravo besides veterans Dhoni and Jadeja to shine as batsmen in the shortest format of the game, which is mostly dominated by the batters.
Besides Iyer, Kolkata this time can rely upon Australia’s Aaron Finch and Pat Cummins, New Zealand’s Tim Southee, India’s Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, West Indies’ Andre Russell and Sunil Narine and English cricketer Sam Billings to challenge the yellow brigade.
IPL, which is known for drawing the attention of Bollywood celebrities and much glamour, will have two new teams in the form of Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans in 2022.
With the COVID-19 cases declining and the restrictions easing in the country, spectators will be allowed in the stadiums upto 25 percent of the total capacity.
The league matches will be held at four venues across Mumbai and Pune, the two big cities in Maharashtra, unlike touring the various states to avoid flying amid coronavirus.
Though the 14th edition of IPL was started in India last year, it had to be stopped midway due to a spike in COVID-19 cases to only get it completed in another phase in Dubai later in 2021.
India Blooms News Service