Vastavam web: The experimental women’s T20 ahead of IPL play-offs did not attract a sizeable crowd but CoA member Diana Edulji insists the one-off game was a positive step and will lead to “something substantial” next season.There was not much crowd support for the match played on a sultry Mumbai afternoon ahead of the IPL Qualifier 1 between eventual IPL champions Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 22.
Top Indian and overseas players including Harmanpreet Kaur, Mithali Raj, Suzie Bates and Meg Lanning were part of the game which went down to the wire.”So, I am not so sure if the BCCI could have scheduled the game better but considering it was accommodated during the IPL, the board did the best it could. I am sure more games like these will be played next season, if not a full-fledged IPL, ” the former India captain said.
Irrespective of the response, the one-off fixture has fuelled the demand of a women’s IPL. Considering the dearth of quality Indian players, the league can be started with even four teams, something that has already been suggested by India T20 captain Harmanpreet and opener Smriti Mandhana.Australia already has a Women’s Big Bash and England Kia Super League (UK version of women’s T20 league), which was introduced in 2016. Edulji had a long chat with the players from England, Australia and New Zealand ahead of the match.