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Watch: Smriti Mandhana gives an insight on why the Women’s Indian T20 League should be held

It is very Important to hold a women's Indian T20 League
Smriti Mandhana
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The Indian Batter Smriti Mandhana has said that cricket is the most watched sport in India and that the public support is brilliant and they showed a lot of support irrespective of which format the Women in Blue play. That is why there is a growing chorus In India for the establishment of a Women’s  T20 League and that the Women’s T20 Tournament has to happen sooner rather than later.

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The BCCI has already tweaked its women’s domestic calendar to accommodate the women’s T20 League. The women’s season, which generally stretches from November to April, has been advanced by a month. The senior women’s season for 2022-23 will now begin on October 11 with the T20 competition and end in February next year with the inter-zonal one-day competition.

It is very Important to hold a women’s Indian T20 League: Smriti Mandhana

In February this year, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said that the women’s IPL would be held in 2023.

“We are at the level of formulation to have a full-fledged WIPL. It is certainly going to happen,” he had said. “I strongly believe that next year i.e. 2023 will be a very good time to start a full-fledged women’s IPL which will be as big and grand a success as men’s IPL.”

Then, in May, BCCI secretary Jay Shah had hinted, while speaking to PTI, at a five- or six-team tournament, adding, “I am thrilled at the kind of response we have got from stakeholders. Multiple existing IPL teams have enquired and expressed serious interest in owning WIPL franchises.”

While there are murmurs of the existing IPL franchises being offered the first right of refusal when it comes to buying teams, they are yet to hear officially from the board.

A number of senior players, including Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana, the current captain and vice-captain, have been very vocal in their support for the league. Late last month, former India captain Mithali Raj, too, stoked support when she expressed a desire to come out of retirement to play in the tournament.

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