We have it in our mind to get the women’s IPL properly done: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly

We have it in our mind to get the women’s IPL properly done: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly

Trailblazers players celebrate their victory over Supernovas in the Women's T20 Challenge final. © BCCI/ IPL

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said the board are putting together plans for a Women’s Indian Premier League (IPL) that will hopefully happen soon. Given the success and exponential growth of the men’s edition through the last decade, a women’s event has been on the cards for sometime now. 

While speaking in an exclusive interview with Boria Majumdar, Ganguly was asked if the women’s IPL has been on his mind. He revealed that the board will be taking a call soon on the tournament. The success of the Hundred and the Women's Big Bash League and the Indian players involved in those tournaments has resulted in more voices calling for the women’s IPL. 

“Yes. We have it in our mind to get the women’s IPL properly done. How we do it, we will discuss in the next three or four months about the women’s IPL and take that forward,” Ganguly said.

The board president further spoke about the exceptional performance of Indian T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur in the recently concluded seventh season of the Women’s Big Bash League. Kaur won the player of the tournament award for scoring 405 runs and taking 15 wickets for Melbourne Renegades. 

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“I am extremely happy to see Harmanpreet play so well in the Big Bash because she had a little bit of a tough time in England and Australia. And I have seen her play that semi-final in England a couple years ago, where she smashed 171. For a young lady cricketer to get 171 in a World Cup semi-final against probably the best women’s side in the world, Australia, is something remarkable,” Ganguly said while recalling Kaur’s memorable knock in the 2017 World Cup semi-final. 

With eyes set on the upcoming World Cup, which starts in March 2022, the Indian team has a core group of players who could be effective in the mega-event in New Zealand. Ganguly concluded by highlighting how the team is shaping up with some quality players.  “Harman, Smriti (Mandhana), young Shafali (Verma), senior pro Mithali (Raj) are strengths to this team and there’s Jhulan (Goswami) as well,” Ganguly said. 

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