New Delhi: India ODI captain Mithali Raj has stated BCCI shouldn’t “wait without end” to organise the ladies’s Indian Premier League (IPL), and believes the inaugural event needs to be held in 2021. She additionally stated that the ladies’s IPL, not like the lads’s version, might initially be on a “smaller scale”.
“I personally really feel they need to begin a girls’s IPL by subsequent 12 months, even when it is on a barely smaller scale and with some adjustments in guidelines, reminiscent of, say, have 5 to 6 international gamers within the first version as a substitute of 4 as is the case with the lads’s IPL,” Mithali advised ESPNcricinfo.
The BCCI has hosted Ladies’s IPL exhibition matches within the final two years however has stated a full-fledged event will take a while to take form. On this 12 months’s Ladies’s T20 Problem event, a complete of seven matches are scheduled to be performed within the event through the IPL Playoff week in Jaipur.
Nonetheless, with the continuing coronavirus pandemic and the following nation-wide lockdown, the chance to the event being held stays extremely unlikely.
Whereas accepting that India at present does not have the depth in girls’s cricket, Mithali recommended current IPL franchises might personal groups to facilitate the ladies’s event.
“I agree we do not have the depth within the home pool but, however the secret is to get the prevailing franchises to kind groups, even when (solely) 5 – 6 of them are eager to start the method as a result of in any case, the BCCI was going to have 4 groups (within the Ladies’s T20 Problem),” she stated.
“You can’t wait without end; it’s a must to start sooner or later, and regularly, 12 months by 12 months, you’ll be able to preserve evolving the league after which deliver it right down to 4 international gamers,” she added.
Earlier, Sunil Gavaskar had additionally urged BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to provide you with a plan to organise a Ladies’s IPL within the nation from 2021.