Like the men’s IPL, the BCCI is all set to launch Women’s Cricket League (WCL) in India on 8th March, coinciding with International Women’s Day.
India’s first ever WCL is an earnest endeavour to provide women cricketers in India equal opportunities and acknowledgement at par with men’s cricket.
Commenting on the upcoming league, WCL founder Parul Jain said, “It’s important that young girls coming through can see cricket as a viable option to play at the highest level. The WCL #T20 League, is expected to be of the same repute of the Indian Premier League and Women Big Bash League of Australia in support of women. This will lead to greater interest in women’s cricket in India, which has generally been given much less importance than the men’s sport.”
Also, ‘Dronacharya’ Cricket Awardee Sunita Sharma, said, “It’s been more than three decades since the Indian women’s cricket team has been formed and have won various matches globally, still there is hardly any acknowledgement of women cricketers in India. While men’s cricket underwent huge changes in the 80s and 90s, we were just languishing. However, I am enamoured that a start has been made and we hope to gain a lot from it. Lots of talent will now come to the forefront. We would like to see WCL getting as much attention in future.”
Earlier, Mithali Raj has also raised her voice of conducting Women’s Cricket League in India to improve the skills of women cricketers.