We would love to have a women’s IPL team, says Rajasthan Royals CEO
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New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals CEO Jake Lush McCrum has said that the IPL franchise “would like to have a women’s IPL team”. For a long time, the discussion about the launch of women’s IPL is going on. The BCCI organized the inaugural Women’s T20 Challenge which had only one exhibition game.
The next two editions saw the participation of three teams and a total of four games were played in each. The 2021 edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge was canceled due to Kovid-19.
BCCI had earlier indicated to start a women’s IPL in 2023. Board chairman Sourav Ganguly told reporters in March that “we are planning to start it by next year.”
McCrum, CEO of Rajasthan Royals, said the franchise is interested in starting a women’s team. “We would love to have a women’s IPL team when it launches next year. We are certainly very keen to expand our franchise base,” explained McCrum Wisden India, “I am very excited about the growth of women’s cricket in India and around the world.”
McCrum further said that a women’s IPL can help develop the game at the grassroots level in India and make it a viable career option for young girls, like The Hundred and the Women’s Big Bash League in England and Australia respectively. has done.
“We have seen in Australia how much they have invested and the impact they have had on the game, and on the fanbase, following, grassroots cricket,” McCrum said.
“In England, last year, I think the biggest success of The Hundred was women’s cricket. The number of fans who come to watch the women’s cricket match, the number of girls playing cricket in that summer is amazing.
“In India, the growth of participants in the women’s game has been significant, and I think a women’s IPL will take it to the next level. Because it will help parents and families around the world to see that it is a viable career option. It’s an amazing game and we want everyone to be a part of it.
“I have seen the fans’ passion for the women’s game. I’ve watched women’s international matches in Jaipur, and I’ve seen our own players get so excited when they meet Smriti Mandhana, when they get to see her cover drives – that passion is on another level, so I guess That women’s IPL is going to be fantastic, and we would love to be a part of it, and I know it will be a huge success.”
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