The much anticipated Women’s IPL is set to turn into reality next year with the BCCI planning a five-team competition for March 2023, following the Women’s T20 World Cup ending in South Africa on February 26.
The BCCI’s proposed plan involves a sum of 20 matches, with every squad comprising 18 players with a limit of six from overseas. Not more than five overseas players can feature in a playing XI, with four from Full Member countries and one player from an Associate nation.
Each team will play the other team two times during the league phase (20 matches), with the league topper going directly to the final. The second finalist will be chosen through an Eliminator between the second and third-positioned teams from the league phase.
The BCCI is yet to announce the schedule of the Women’s IPL, however, it will be wrapped up before the men’s IPL begins, which is probably going to be toward the finish of Spring. The Women’s IPL is probably going to clash with the inaugural season of Women’s Pakistan Super league (WPSL).
Not at all like the Women’s T20 challenge, the precursor to the Women’s IPL (WIPL), where the teams were assembled arbitrarily, the BCCI will sell the five franchises. Nonetheless, in contrast to the men’s IPL, where franchises bid for teams in a specific city, the BCCI has chalked out two plans for the Women’s IPL (WIPL).
The first one comprises selling teams across six zones spanning the country. A set of cities in each zone has been shortlisted and comprises Dharamsala/Jammu (North zone), Pune/Rajkot (West), Indore/Nagpur/Raipur (Central), Ranchi/Cuttack (East), Kochi/Visakhapatnam (South) and Guwahati (North-East).
The second set of teams that are being sold yet without a solid home base, with matches to be played at six shortlisted IPL venues: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai.