Jhulan Goswami bats for an IPL for women cricketers
As per recent reports, the BCCI is planning to organise a series of T20 exhibition matches with participation from Indian and international woman cricketers that will be played during the upcoming IPL 2019. The board reportedly awaits clearance from the Home Ministry and the election commission regarding the dates before it proceeds towards conducting the one-week or ten-day affair. Meanwhile, Jhulan Goswami, the former captain of Indian national women's cricket team, believes an IPL for women cricketers would very well work.
“There are enough domestic players for four or five teams because in the Elite Group itself every team has three-four good players. And four-five teams will also let you include more domestic players because, at the end of the day, the objective is to strengthen Indian women’s cricket at the grass-roots level, right? To include more girls to take up cricket professionally. So unless there’s a big motivation ahead of them, I don’t see them taking that route," she said, during a conversation with ESPNcricinfo.
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Goswami also suggested a possible format for the game. “Why not check with the IPL franchises if they are willing to start a women’s team of their own. If four teams are willing, we should be starting a women’s IPL with four teams, and involve the best foreign players and our local and international Indian cricketers," she said.
She also suggested that the matches should be played in small cities instead of big towns so that states that do not have an IPL team at the moment, are connected as well.
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