Alyssa Healy, Australia wicketkeeper-batter has supported BCCI’s decision of launching a Women’s IPL next year and said a full-fledged Women’s IPL would help India become an unbeatable side in 10 years
Last week, the BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly announced that it is planning to start the Women’s IPL by 2023, though the decision will need permission from the Board members. Meanwhile, The BCCI has proposed a six-team WIPL next year.
“The announcement is pretty great. It’s exactly where we thought the women’s game needed to go. That was like the next step,” Healy was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“We’ve had a really successful WBBL, and the Kia Super League went really well, now into the Hundred – there’s sort of some thriving domestic competitions, so to see the announcement of the IPL, in particular, to be able to grow the game in India is unbelievable.”
Australian Star batter, Alyssa Healy scored an amazing 129 runs off 107 balls match-winning century against West Indies on Wednesday to lead her Australia women’s team into the Women’s World Cup final.
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Healy also played in the inaugural one-off exhibition game which was the forerunner of the current four-match Women’s T20 Challenge, a competition that will also be held this year.
“It (India) is such an untapped market, I feel, in the women’s game.
“With that many people, surely, they’re going to be unbeatable in sort of a 10-year time. They just really needed a sort of a leg-up in that domestic set-up to showcase what these amazing women can do, so it’s really exciting.”
Many Australian women’s players have T20 Challenge since its first edition in 2018. A last-minute stand-off between the BCCI and Cricket Australia board led to the players missing out on the Indian tournament.