New Delhi - India
aims to launch a women's version of its hugely popular Indian Premier
League (IPL) tournament in the next three years, a senior
official said Tuesday.
As part of the build-up, top international women players will take
part in a Twenty20 game at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium next week.
"We are planning to get a women's IPL in place in two to three
years," Board of Control for Cricket in India administrator Vinod Rai
No firm details of the new league have yet been revealed, but
pressure for a women's IPL has been building since India reached the
final of the women's World Cup in England last year.
England's Danni Wyatt, Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry and New
Zealand captain Suzie Bates are some of the names confirmed for the May
22 exhibition game.
Top Indians including national skipper Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami
and Harmanpreet Kaur will compete in an Indian team under IPL rules in
"The match to be played between a BCCI XI and IPL XI will take place
ahead of the first (men's IPL) playoff at the Wankhede Stadium," Rai
Also signed up are wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy, Megan Schutt and
Beth Mooney from Australia, and Kiwi batter Sophie Devine, who holds
the record for the fastest half-century in women's T20Is.
IPL chairperson Rajeev Shukla said: "Even as the IPL continues to roll
like a well-oiled machine, over the last couple of weeks efforts were
made to put in place a similar structure for women cricketers.
"We were in talks with several boards and I am pleased with the outcome."