CoA members approved of the idea of Women's IPL © Getty Images (file photo)
CoA members approved of the idea of Women’s IPL © Getty Images (file photo)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have planned for a Women’s T20 exhibition game ahead of the first Qualifier of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 at Mumbai. The match will see two teams of 11 players (including four overseas cricketers) each taking on each other. This is been seen as a sample run for Women’s IPL in the future. The match will start at 2.30 PM. CoA Chairman Vinod Rai confirmed the news to The Indian Express: “This is being staged as a well-deserved exhibition to showcase the tremendous depth and capability that women’s cricket in India has achieved. We see it build into a women’s IPL tournament in a couple of years.”

Diana Edulji, a member of CoA, voiced the same opinion as Rai: “It will be on the lines of the IPL. Totally there will be 10 foreign players and 20 Indian players across both teams. The Indian players will be picked by the national selection committee and the game, which will start at 2.30 pm, will be shown live. The idea was to promote women’s cricket and keep the momentum going. This is just to start and show that we can have a women’s IPL from next season. It’s just a thought. The IPL GC have sanctioned this exhibition game and now at least we will come to know the mood around women’s cricket.”