The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has affirmed about the conduct of Women’s IPL this season. It was speculated that the Women’s T20 Challenge would be scrapped this year with the rapid developments made on men’s IPL.
The Indian government recently handed the clearance of the cash-rich league being conducted in the UAE, amidst COVID-19 situation in India. The tournament is scheduled from September 19 to November 8.
Moreover, Ganguly’s recent take on the possibility of Women’s IPL this year provided music to the ears for female cricket enthusiasts. The former Indian captain hinted at the prospect of a women’s showpiece T20 event ahead of the IPL Governing Council meeting on Sunday.
“I can confirm to you that the women’s IPL is very much on and we do have a plan in place for the national team also,” Ganguly told PTI.
The Women’s T20 Challenge in the last couple of years proved to be a major success, being conducted parallelly during men’s IPL playoffs.
The BCCI planned to add one more team this season to make it a seven-match affair before COVID-19 pandemic played spoilsport.
“We couldn’t have exposed any of our cricketers – be it male or female to health risk. It would have been dangerous. The NCA also remained shut because of Covid-19. But we have a plan in place and we will have a camp for women, I can tell you that,” the BCCI chief added.
With the NCA at Bangalore shut due to COVID-19, the apex cricketing body is planning to conduct a camp for women cricketers.
Further, Ganguly also mentioned the tentative schedule of the 2020 Women’s T20 Challenge. “The women’s Challenger series is likely to be held between November 1-10 and there could be a camp before that,” Ganguly said, as reported by Hindustan Times.
The 2018 Women’s T20 challenge witnessed the face-off between the Trailblazers and the Supernovas. The subsequent edition in 2019 saw the addition of another team named the ‘Velocity’.