Can Womens IPL 2023 Make A Blast In Its First Season?

The fourth season of the four-team Women’s T20 Challenge came to an exhilarating and successful conclusion. It appears that the long-awaited Womens IPL will start in 2023. The BCCI has granted the green light for a six-team competition that is most likely to begin early in the following year.

The BCCI has narrowed down two windows, April-March and September-October. But given the busy schedule in the second part of the year, the board is leaning towards staging the competition in the earlier timeframe.

Indian women cricketers dealt with the congruency of competitions

Men’s and women’s cricket teams will each get the same amount in match fees.  The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made this decision. Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary, announced it on Twitter. Women’s cricket players will now receive a test match salary of Rs 15 lakh. For ODIs and T20s, each match would be paid out with Rs. 6 lakh and Rs. 3 lakh, respectively. This information is based on the revised pay structure. The fees are the same as those paid to the men’s team. This news comes shortly after BCCI stated that they would host a women’s IPL in 2023.

For a very long time, there has been debate about pay parity in Indian cricket. In July, New Zealand also made public similar news. The match fees for men’s and women’s cricket are equal as of August 1. Building on the heritage of the players who came before us and supporting the players of the future, both men and women. At all levels, this is crucial for the current players. The fact that the BCCI is focusing on equal pay for men and women makes perfect sense. In some ways, it demonstrates the importance that the women’s game has gained over time.

Sourav Ganguly to Recommend the Launch of a Womens IPL in 2023

Sourav Ganguly, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), discussed the prospect of launching a women’s Indian Premier League. He stated that 2023 will be a great year to launch a fully-fledged league that will be just as successful as the men’s IPL. Notably, the BCCI has been running the Women’s T20 Challenge, which featured 3 teams in the T20 competition. In 2021, the BCCI divided the IPL into two halves despite the Covid-19 epidemic. The Women’s T20 Challenge, however, did not take place that year.

Numerous Indian women cricketers have advocated for the creation of the women’s IPL. It includes Jemimah Rodrigues, Ben Stokes, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Alyssa Healy, Suzie Bates, Heather Knight and Punam Raut. The Women’s IPL is expected to boost women’s cricket in India. The BCCI is creating a girls under-15 ODI tournament in addition to the Women’s IPL.

Team name of Womens IPL 2023

The eagerly anticipated first season of the Womens IPL will include five teams. It will begin in March 2023, just before the men’s IPL. The tournament would include 20 league games in which each team will play the other twice, according to a BCCI note reviewed by PTI. The teams that finish second and third will compete in the Eliminator. Whereas, the table toppers will advance through to the finals. There can be a maximum of five foreign cricketers on each squad in the playing eleven.

Five teams were originally planned for the WIPL. This is done in order to build teams that are strong competitors with a balanced mix of domestic and international players. No team may have more than six foreign players, and each squad may have a maximum of eighteen players. The BCCI notice said that each team’s starting XI may only have a maximum of five foreign players: four Full Members of the ICC and one Associate Member of the ICC.

There was much speculation that IPL owners would get the first choice in selecting teams, after the first Women’s IPL was announced. The BCCI office-holders and IPL governing council will make the final decision on all issues pertaining to the Women’s IPL. More people are demanding a women’s IPL-style league. This is because of the expansion of the sport in India and the team’s runners-up position in 2017. The Hundred was launched in the UK last year and the WBBL has been played there since 2016. For the upcoming season, Pakistan has also announced a women’s league. 

Conclusion

Over the past eight years, there has been an overall rise in player engagement of 111% across all categories.  According to a BCCI statement on the game’s expansion in India, there has been a 129% increase in the women’s senior category and also an increase in the U-19 category. Indians are waiting for this exciting Women’s IPL eagerly. Certainly, it would be a thrilling tournament to watch across the land. 

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