It is a day of extreme pride for women's cricket as BCCI has set aside a window in March 2023 for the inaugural season of women's IPL.

It is a day of extreme pride for women’s cricket as BCCI has set aside a window in March 2023 for the inaugural season of women’s IPL.

BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly, confirmed the news and stated that the preparations are already underway.

Until now, BCCI hosted the annual Women’s T20 Challenge comprising three teams and four matches. After several demands for a full-fledged IPL, the apex board has finally freed up space in its calendar for the inaugural season.

BCCI shared the calendar for the upcoming domestic season a few days back.

Usually, the women’s season starts in November and continues till March. However, it has been pushed back by a month and will start in October till February. 

Many IPL owners had expressed interest in owning a women’s team. As per ESPN Cricinfo, it is learned that the Board would first allow the existing franchises to make a move, and if there are teams left, then only new parties can enter.

Another key area to shift the focus on is media rights sales. The 2022 Women’s World Cup became the 3rd highest digitally watched ICC event. Thus, it is expected that the tournament could break records regarding media rights sales. 

The number of teams and further details are yet to be disclosed. The BCCI would hold its annual general meeting in September, where further details would be revealed.

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