Former Indian women’s team skipper Mithali Raj has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to organize an Indian Premier League (IPL) for female cricketers in 2021. Calls for arranging such a tournament have grown intense over the years, especially with the rise in viewership of women’s cricket.
India recently finished as the runners-up in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia and received a warm reception from fans back home despite ending up on the losing side in the final. BCCI has often claimed that the country doesn’t have enough players in the women’s cricket circuit to ensure a large-scale IPL but Mithali is of the opinion that the format can be tweaked a bit to get things going for now.
"I personally feel they should start a women's IPL by next year, even if it's on a slightly smaller scale and with some changes in rules, such as, say, have five to six foreign players in the first edition instead of four as is the case with the men's IPL," she was quoted as saying by a major cricket publication.