Women's IPL is the next step to help women's cricket grow globally

New Zealand's all rounder Suzie Bates said, "every international women’s cricketer will be a supporter of the Women’s IPL. Before COVID-19, they did start with the exhibition matches, it was an absolute pleasure to be part of those. I would love to see a Women’s IPL start".

Dec 23, 2021 - 17:27
Women's IPL is the next step to help women's cricket grow globally

Franchise cricket has raised the profile of women’s cricket and the full-fledged Indian Premier League (IPL) is the “next step” in its growth, New Zealand captain Sophie Devine said.

The Indian cricket board is currently hosting a short three-team women’s competition as well as the lucrative men’s IPL, which will welcome two new franchise series and turn into a 10-team event next year. Devine mentioned the success of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) in Australia and its impact.

“WBBL’s success in Australia has been huge in raising its profile, and the level of cricket has certainly improved as well,” Devine said on Monday at an event celebrating the start of cricket streaming on Amazon Prime Video in January. 1.

“I’d like to see a woman’s IPL start. I think it’s definitely the next step in growing the game globally on the women’s side.

“So thumbs up, and in the next few years there may be something on the cards,” the 32-year-old said.
Teammate Suzie Bates said franchise cricket had “limitedly” changed the women’s game.

“All the franchising opportunities that support the international game are the key to the game’s growth, and I think India will be the next big step after the success of the UK WBBL and The Hundred competitions,” Bates said.

The versatile Amelia Kerr, who played in the women’s competition in India, reiterated the feeling.

– They have started with a few show matches, but we are talking about India’s passion and love for the game and how successful the men’s IPL is.

“I think a woman’s IPL would be amazing,” the 21-year-old added.

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