BCCI set to launch five-team women’s IPL in March 2023

The proposed plan involves a total of 22 matches in the league, which is likely to be held in March 2023

  • Rohit Singh | October 13, 2022 | 2:32 pm

The long-awaited women’s IPL is set to become a reality next year with the BCCI planning to conduct a five-team tournament in March 2023. Immediately after the women’ T20 World Cup ends in South Africa on February 26. The BCCI’s proposed plan involves a total of 22 matches in the league, with each squad comprising 18 players with a maximum of six from overseas. No more than five overseas players can feature in a playing XI. With four from Full Member countries and one from an Associate nation.

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As per the plan, which the BCCI sent on Thursday to state associations, each team will play the others twice (20 matches). The second finalist will be decided via an Eliminator contest between the second and third-ranked teams in the league phase. Which is likely at the end of March 2023. Teams could play each other twice in the league stage a la IPL, with the team finishing top of the table qualifying directly for the final. The second and third-placed teams will be playing an Eliminator.

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BCCI considering having 5 teams in the women’s IPL, 5 overseas players in the playing XI

“It will be a challenge to play the WIPL in the home and away format. Because with five to six teams it is not possible to have a match every day,” the BCCI said in its paper on the WIPL. Where after finishing ten matches at one venue. A lot of cricket lovers believe that WIPL will bring in a revolution and the standard of women’s cricket in India will have a quantum leap.

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Ten each in the next two venues in the 2024 season. For the 2025 season ten matches in the remaining one venue in one of the venues from 2023 season.” In terms of the naming of teams in Women’s IPL, yet to decide between a zone-wise or team-wise format.

“Zone wise — North (Dharamsala/Jammu), South (Kochi/Vizag). Central (Indore/Nagpur/Raipur), East (Ranchi/Cuttack). North East (Guwahati) and West (Pune/Rajkot). With matches held at non-IPL venues) and existing city-wise like with Men’s IPL. (Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata – with matches held at IPL venues),” added the report.