There is good news awaiting the Indian women’s cricket team, which recorded its first clean sweep in the ODI series against England since 1999 when they outplayed the hosts.
The BCCI “is expecting” to launch the “much-awaited women’s IPL early next year,” board president Sourav Ganguly informed state associations in an email. “The BCCI is currently working on the women’s IPL. We are expecting to start the first season early next year. More details will follow in due course,” Ganguly wrote in his email.
Besides launching the inaugural women’s IPL, the BCCI will also start an under-15 tournament for girls. “We are glad to introduce a girls’ u-15 tournament from this season. Women’s cricket has seen phenomenal growth across the world and our national team has been performing well. This new tournament will create a pathway for our girls to play at the international level,” Ganguly wrote. With Covid-19 having subsided, IPL-2023 will revert to the home-and-away format, the former India captain informed. “The next season of men’s IPL will also go back to the home-and -away format with all the 10 teams playing their home matches at their designated venues,” Ganguly mentioned.
India to host NZ, SL in busy home season
Post the T20 World Cup, the Indian men’s team will play New Zealand and Sri Lanka at home, while the Indian women’s team will take on Australia on home turf, Ganguly informed state units. “The BCCI’s home international season starts and we have exciting cricketing action coming our way. The Indian men’s senior team will be playing against Australia,South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand in the home international series. The Indian women’s senior team will be playing against Australia,” Ganguly wrote.
Giving out a “snapshot” of the upcoming domestic season, Ganguly wrote: “All multi-day tournaments are going back to the traditional home-away format. All the white-ball tournaments will, in the group stage, be followed by the knockouts. The upcoming domestic season will feature two editions of the Irani Cup-Saurashtra, who were the Ranji Trophy champions for the 2019-20 season will take on the Rest of India team at Rajkot from 1-5 October, 2022. Madhya Pradesh, who won their maiden Ranji Trophy championship in the 2021-22 season, beating Mumbai at Bengaluru, will participate in their first-ever Irani Cup, to be played from 1-5 March, 2023 at Indore.