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Historic moment in Indian cricket; Women’s Indian T20 League to be held in March 2023

The Women's T20 League will be bigger and better than the Women's T20 challenge.
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In what would be a watershed moment for Indian Women’s cricket, the Indian Cricket Board is mulling to have a Women’s Indian T20 League in 2023. The playing XI will consist of five overseas players. The provisional window has been set for March 2023 and that will be after the Women’s World Cup and just before the Men’s Indian T20 League.

There will be five teams participating in the league. When it comes to the composition of the foreign players, it is compulsory that four overseas players in the XI should be from full member nations while one player can be from an associate nation.

A total of 22 matches would be played where teams could play each other twice in the tournament in a League stage format like the Indian T20 League. The team to top the league goes directly into the final whereas the second and third place teams will fight out in an eliminator.

The maximum squad strength will be 18 players, of which six will be overseas players. With regards to selling the teams, the Indian Cricket Board is mulling over two options which would either be zone wise that is – North (Dharamsala/Jammu), South (Kochi/Vizag), Central (Indore/Nagpur/Raipur), East (Ranchi/Cuttack), Northeast (Guwahati) and West (Pune/Rajkot) – with matches held at non-Indian T20 League venues.

The second option is to have the existing city wise grouping in the Men’s Indian T20 League (Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata). A final decision on the same will be taken in due course by the Indian Cricket Board officials and the Indian T20 League chairman.

Unlike the Indian T20 League, a caravan style itinerary is being considered which can see a bunch of matches being played at a venue before the entire tournament relocates to a different venue. For the 2023 season, this season will be played only in two venues. The Chairman of the Indian T20 League and the office bearers are yet to come to a conclusion with regards to the scheduling of the tournament.

“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 Indian Cricket Board said.

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