After a successful inaugural season, the Women's Premier League will return in a bigger avatar for the 2024 season. The tournament will most likely take place in February as per a source in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday. The first edition of the tournament was held from March 4-26 across two venues in Mumbai.
Earlier this month, IPL chairman Arun Dhumal had stated that WPL will be a five-team tournament for the next three seasons but it will be played in a home and away format as a measure of "important for building a fan base". Now a BCCI source stated by PTI spoke about the difficulty of taking the league to tier-2 cities such as Indore, which doesn't have a WPL franchise named after it.
The source also gave information regarding the ongoing discussions which lead to the postponement of the WPL to later in the year, around Diwali, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
Newer reports say that the Women’s Premier League (WPL) will be eyeing the dedicated Diwali window and the games will be played in the home and away format, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said on Friday.
“We are mulling the possibility of scheduling the WPL in a home and away format in the Diwali window. We won’t have two seasons in a year but just a different time window. Women’s cricket now has a dedicated audience base and this number will only keep growing as we expect an encouraging turnout at the next WPL,” Shah said.