The Indian T20 League has grown in popularity over the years and has evolved into a two-month summer event. Women’s cricket, on the other hand, has not been able to attract as much interest as men’s games. The Women’s T20 Challenge has been played alongside the major tournament for four seasons, but there has never been a full-fledged Women’s Indian T20 League. However, things seem to be changing with women’s cricket attracting more audiences.
As per reports, the Women’s Indian T20 League might be under work. According to the New Indian Express, three of the existing franchisees want to participate in the competition. Chennai, Kolkata, and Rajasthan have expressed their interest in the league.
Kolkata Knight Riders & Rajasthan Royals shown interest for WIPL teams, Chennai Super Kings is also seem interested in the league – set to start in March or September 2023. (Source – The New Indian Express)
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The recent Women’s T20 Challenge 2022 concluded on the 28th of May, with SN women lifting their third title. They beat VL women by a close margin of four runs in the final at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. Laura Wolvaardt’s brilliant half-century and a cameo by Simran Bahadur at the end of the chase did not make the SN women’s victory easy. However, the match came down to the wire in the last over, but Sophie Ecclestone held her nerves as she defended 17 runs.
After the match, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah dropped a major hint that a full-fledged Women’s Indian T20 League might be under work. “The quality of cricket one witnessed in Women’s T20 Challenge was truly remarkable with the best of Indian talent rubbing shoulders with the best in the world. The future is certainly promising and the next season will be much bigger,” he wrote in a tweet.
Here is Jay Shah’s tweet
The quality of cricket one witnessed in Women’s T20 Challenge was truly remarkable with the best of Indian talent rubbing shoulders with the best in the world. The future is certainly promising and the next season will be much bigger. @ImHarmanpreet @BCCIWomen pic.twitter.com/O18Ueg4U1C
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) May 28, 2022
In the final match, a video from the game went viral on the internet, showing supporters in the stands at Pune’s MCA Stadium demanding a Women’s Indian T20 League. “We want women’s Indian T20 League- We Want women’s Indian T20 League,” chanted the crowd during the final game.