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Women’s IPL likely to start in 2023, confirms BCCI President Sourav Ganguly

"We are at the level of formulation to have a full-fledged WIPL," Ganguly said.

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Updated - 22 May 2022 11:57 am

Highlights
  • Ganguly, in this recent interview, also denied allegations that he has been influencing selections of the national men's cricket team.
  • He seemed convinced that the Women's IPL will replicate the success of the men's tournament.

While the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a grand success, there has always been a talk about the BCCI not doing enough to promote the women’s game in India. Several critics suggested that there should be a Women’s IPL in place. And now the President of the Indian Cricket Board Sourav Ganguly has said that 2023 could witness the start of the Women’s IPL. At the same time, he expected it to be as grand a success as the Men’s IPL.

Ganguly, in this recent interview, also denied allegations that he has been influencing selections of the national men’s cricket team. He was quick to remind that he has been a former India skipper himself and donned the Indian colours in over 400 international matches.

“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 told PTI.

Responding to the allegations, the 49-year-old said: “I don’t think I need to answer anybody anything (on this) and dignify any of these baseless accusations. I am the president of BCCI and I do the job of what the president of BCCI should be doing.”

“I have played) 424 international matches for India. Not a bad idea at times to remind people about it, isn’t it? (laughs),” he added.

Earlier, the BCCI boss had confirmed that the Women’s T20 Challenge will happen along with the IPL Playoffs in May. He even established that the Bengaluru Test match of the India-Sri Lanka men’s series will be a day-night affair, adding that an official announcement will soon follow.

Earlier today sources close to SportsTiger confirmed that the opening T20I between India and Sri Lanka will be played in Lucknow behind closed doors. The development came after it was already reported that the T20Is will be played before the Test series, in contrast to the schedule zeroed in on earlier.

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