The BCCI has tweaked its women’s domestic calendar to set aside a window in March 2023 for the inaugural women’s Indian Premier League.
The women’s domestic season that generally stretches from November to April has been advanced by a month. The senior women’s season for 2022-23 will now begin on October 11 with the T20 competition, and end in February next year with the inter-zonal one-day competition.
Notably, the BCCI has been organising the Women’s T20 Challenge since 2018, with a gap in 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The three-team competition see the participation of many prominent players from outside India. However, the demand to have a bigger competition, along the lines of the men’s IPL, has been growing for a while.
In February this year, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said that the women’s IPL would be held in 2023.
“We are at the level of formulation to have a full-fledged WIPL. It is certainly going to happen. I strongly believe that next year i.e. 2023 will be a very good time to start a full-fledged women’s IPL which will be as big and grand a success as men’s IPL,” Ganguly had said.