The BCCI “is expecting” to launch the “much-awaited Women’s IPL early next year,” Board president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly informed the state associations in an email (a copy is with TOI) on Tuesday. “The BCCI is currently working on the much-awaited women’s IPL. We are expecting to start the first season early next year. More details will follow in the due course,” Ganguly wrote in his email.
Besides launching the inaugural women’s IPL, the BCCI will also start an Under-15 tournament for the 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.
India to host NZ, Lanka 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 the state units. “The BCCI’s home international season starts from today 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.
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.
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.”
“The Indian cricketing season 2022-23 has started, and I’m happy to share with you that we’re going back to normalcy. You must be aware that this year, we’ll be having the usual full-fledged domestic season for all age groups and the games will be hosted all over the country. It’s really heartening to see the support that the BCCI has received from all its members over the past few years. I’m sure the pandemic is behind us, and we all now look forward to a certain future,” Ganguly wrote in his email.