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Women’s IPL Can Prove A Good Start for Women Sports Leagues in India, Believes Jhulan Goswami

Believing in the fact that IPL games can be a source of betterment for the Indian women’s cricket, India’s ace cricketer Jhulan Goswami has suggested to set up a separate women IPL league. She further suggested that this will serve as a motivation for the young girls to dream of being of being a cricketer.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly decided to execute its plan to host a number of T20 women’s cricket matches. This is to be implemented during the course of the upcoming IPL season, which starts from March 23.

Jhulan Goswami in favour of starting women cricket leagues

In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Goswami said, “There are enough domestic players for four or five teams because in the Elite Group itself every team has three-four good players. And four-five teams will also let you include more domestic players because, at the end of the day, the objective is to strengthen Indian women’s cricket at the grass-roots level, right? To include more girls to take up cricket professionally. So unless there’s a big motivation ahead of them, I don’t see them taking that route.”

She further questioned that if IPL franchises are willing to start a women’s team of their own. According to her, “four willing  teams are a good reason to start the women’s IPL and involve the best foreign players and our local and international Indian cricketers.”

The former captain also believes that these matches must be played in smaller towns rather than big cities. According to her, these games should be connected to smaller towns.

Knowing that not many people may not turn up at the stadium during the summers, Goswami suggested that the matches should be scheduled in the evening at 5 PM or played on IPL match eve.

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Bollywood can boost the popularity of these matches

Speaking on how to promote these contests, Goswami suggested that involving Bollywood and regional celebrities will boost the popularity of the matches.

A great way to promote female cricket would be by bringing in famous ex-cricketers. Another way could be by involving Bollywood celebrities, as one might recall was done when IPL was introduced. This ultimately led to the popularity of the league. Then why not try the same to boost the women cricket league in India?

 

The Women’s IPL Exhibition Match played in 2018 was just a baby step

The Indian Premier League pulled off a thrilling women’s T20 game involving some of the biggest names in international cricket in 2018. It pulled off an entertaining women’s T20 match involving some of the biggest names in international cricket.

“This was an acid test for women’s IPL and I would say the test was passed,” said Archana Das, who has played 11 ODIS and 23 T20Is for India. Throughout the match, she discussed the play with other cricketers in the crowd including Mumbai Cricket Associations’ Women’s Selection Committee member Leya Francis.

Francis agreed that the match should have been at a better time but having played at a time when women’s cricket wasn’t an actual pro career option, this was a huge step forward.

 

And in the end, while the test was passed and many what-ifs remained, at the heart of the matter is the fact that IPL friendly match left all of us with an open-ended belief.

A belief that there is much scope and market for women cricket league in India.

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