Yes, India hasn’t won a single ICC trophy from 2013 onwards and no T20 World Cup after the inception of IPL but there is a fact that we can’t deny that IPL has enhanced the bench strength of Men’s team and when they play in this mega event in front of the large crowd it gives them a huge opportunity to absorb pressure so when those players play for India later they know how they need to handle tough situations.
Taking about our women’s team who have played in a few IPL T20 challenges consisting of three teams including the likes of SuperNova, Trailblazers and Velocity led by Harman Preet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, and Mithali Raj where the last edition was won by TrailBlazers but the problem with women’s IPL it is not a separate tournament it is played during Men’s IPL tenure with a couple of matches is not helping to develop bench strength for Women’s Team in future.
Let us ponder a few reasons which will explain why women’s IPL is the need of an hour in detail.
- Women’s IPL will enable young Indian players to share a dressing room with stalwarts like Suzie Bates, Ellyse Perry, Meg Laning and Alyssa Healy and they can engage in conversation with any of these great players to have more clarity over the understanding of the game.
- The kind of template Australian and English women’s player follows while playing T20 cricket is something Indian players can too follow provided they share a dressing room with players from England and Australia and that is only possible when they play together under the roof which is where Women’s IPL plays a vital role.
- Women’s cricket will benefit immensely with IPL like men’s cricket its just a continuity in terms of organizing tournaments that should be given preference by BCCI.
- Women’s IPL can be successful if the planning by BCCI is bang on to the point as we have seen leagues like Women’s Big Bash and The Hundred Women’s tournament has been successful in recent years and provided an opportunity to young and budding women players.