BCCI proposes a six-team Women’s IPL beginning in 2023, with existing franchises given priority

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has proposed a six-team Women’s IPL starting next year, in a game-changing move. The board has previously hosted only the Women’s T20 Challenge, a tournament that will also take place during this year’s Men’s IPL. However, a full-fledged IPL for women’s cricket has been long overdue.

Even Cricket West Indies (CWI) recently announced the addition of a three-team Women’s CPL to the Men’s CPL, while the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) made a similar announcement. As a result of the WBBL, England’s Women’s T20 League, and even the Hundred providing exposure for their cricketers, the BCCI was under pressure to launch the WIPL, which the board appears to be taking the right steps towards now.

The Indian Premier League’s Governing Council (GC) decided on Friday (March 25) in Mumbai that all efforts will be made to launch a six-team Women’s IPL. Additionally, it is understood that existing franchises will be given the opportunity to express their interest in establishing a Women’s team. If that option is exhausted, the BCCI will invite interested parties to purchase franchises.