Women's IPL will be as big and grand a success as men's IPL: Ganguly

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Women's IPL will be as big and grand a success as men's IPL: Ganguly

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BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has said that the board is looking into the possibility of having the inaugural Women’s IPL in the year 2023. Recently, in an interview, Ganguly had spoken about the Women’s T20 Challenge, which will make a return this year and will be played alongside the playoff stages of the Men’s IPL. 

A full-fledged women’s T20 League has been on BCCI’s radar for some time. However, it hasn’t seen the light of day. However, in another interview given to PTI, Ganguly made strong claims that the WIPL is not only in BCCI’s radar, but also at the level of formulation. He further said that he believes the year of 2023 will be a good time to kickstart the tournament. 

“We are at the level of formulation to have a full-fledged WIPL. It is certainly going to happen. 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,” Ganguly said in an interview with PTI. 

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A month earlier, Ganguly had also spoken about the possibility of starting the women’s IPL in the near future and had stated that the board is at a stage where they will figure out the best way in which the tournament can be conducted. There have been many discussions and revelations in recent times, but no official word has come out from the board, only comments from the board president, Ganguly. 

The inaugural Women’s T20 Challenge was played in 2018 with a one-off match between two teams. The next year, another team was added with four matches being played. A similar format was followed in the 2020 season when the tournament was hosted in the UAE. In 2021 though, the BCCI didn’t host the tournament. But, 2022 is expected to mark the return of that tournament with hopefully three or more teams.