HISTORY:

Women’s IPL2020 was started in 2018 with 2 teams namely Supernovas and Trailblazers where players like S Mandhana, SW Bates, S Pandey, M Raj, etc had played. It was a close encounter that laid the foundation for the upcoming years. Only one match was played between the two teams and Supernovas won by 3 wickets off the last ball. However, the crowd was less than 200 people because it was an afternoon game.

In 2019, a new team velocity was introduced to increase the level of competition. So, the number of matches were also increased. It occurred from 6 to 11 May 2019 at the Sawai Mansingh StadiumJaipur. A total of 4 matches was played amongst the three teams and once again Supernovas won the tournament against Velocity.

Women’s IPL 2020

For the year 2020 BCCI president Mr Sourav Ganguly has introduced another team for the T20 Women’s Challenge. There will be four teams this year which will give more exposure for women to showcase their talent in this tournament since ICC women’s T20 World cup is also coming up this year.

It will help young women to play at big stages, get that experience in the T20 especially in pressure situations. The matches will be played from 17 May to 24 May and on 24th May the finals will be played. A total of 7 matches will be played which include 6 matches in the league stage and one final.

IPL Women’s League hasn’t been a grand success like the Australian Women’s Big Bash League which comprises 8 teams that are the extension of Men’s team in BBL. In BBL equal importance is given to both Men’s and Women’s cricket and fan following is the proof for it.

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BCCI PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT OF WOMEN’S IPL:

They were questions raised to BCCI president on why Women’s IPL was late to develop. He (Sourav) said that it will take at least four years for a seven or eight-team women’s IPL tournament to take place. “You need to understand the importance of it,” quoted Sourav.

He also said that the domestic state associations have to be stronger and are required to groom more women to show interest in cricket and invest in them and watch their progress. Now we have around 50-60 professional established women cricket in India but 150 to 200 cricketers are required to increase the number of teams in three years.

The interest for Indians to watch women’s games had started since the World Cup 2017. India women performed really well in the world cup under the leadership of Mithali Raj. Harmanpreet Kaur’s 172 against Australia in the Semi-finals had brought a new expectation in the Indian women.

However, they had lost the finals against England but won the hearts of millions of Indian fans. Mithali Raj has been the pillar of the Indian Women’s team and has set a good example for youngsters to develop in this sport.

IPL WOMEN’S SQUAD:

Supernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Anuja Patil, Arundhati Reddy, Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka), Jemimah Rodrigues, Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand), Mansi Joshi, Natalie Sciver (England), Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia, Radha P Yadav, Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Taniya Bhatia (WK).

Trailblazers: Smriti Mandhana (Captain), Bharti Fulmali, Dayalan Hemlatha, Deepti Sharma, Harleen Deol, Jasia Akhtar, Jhulan Goswami, R Kalpana (WK), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shakera Selman (West Indies), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Suzie Bates (New Zealand).

Velocity: Mithali Raj (Captain), Amelia Kerr (New Zealand), Danielle Wyatt (England), Devika Vaidya, Ekta Bisht, Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Jahanara Alam (Bangladesh), Komal Zhanzad, Shafali Verma, Shikha Pandey, Sushma Verma (WK), Sushree Dibyadarshini, Veda Krishnamurthy.

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4th Team: (Squad yet to be announced)

This year 2020 we can expect improvement in conducing of Women’s IPL and we can also expect a much better audience in the stadium to watch the match. Hopefully we get competitive and close encounters in this year’s Women’s IPL and may the best team win the tournament.

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