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Women’s T20 Challenge incorporated in IPL qualifiers

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The match, on 22 May, will be telecast live.

A Women’s T20 Challenge Match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium on 22 May ahead of the VIVO IPL 2018 Qualifier 1, the BCCI has announced.

India internationals Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the two teams, each of which is to include leading stars from Australia, New Zealand and England such as Ellyse Perry, Suzie Bates and Danni Wyatt.

The 20 Indian players will be picked by the national selection committee, and the game is set to be telecast live. 

Women’s cricket has shot up the popularity charts since India reached the finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, and the BCCI has been working to build on that. With an eye on growing this wave, the match is designed to provide a platform for female cricketers within the country's most popular tournament.

Diana Edulji said a women's IPL could be instated as early as next season
Diana Edulji said a women's IPL could be instated as early as next season

IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said: “Even as IPL continues to roll like a well-oiled machine, over the last couple of weeks, efforts were made to put in place a similar structure for women cricketers. We were in talks with several boards and I am pleased with the outcome. White Ferns captain Suzie Bates, attacking batter Sophie Devine, who holds the record for fastest half-century in women’s T20Is, Australia’s fine all-rounder Ellyse Perry, wicket-keeper bat Alyssa Healy, Megan Schutt and Beth Mooney have confirmed their participation. Danni Wyatt and Daniel Hazell will add the English flavour."

BCCI administrator and former India women's captain Diana Edulji said: “We are excited to announce the first-of-its-kind exhibition match involving our women cricketers. BCCI has been pulling out all stops to promote and nurture women’s cricket and this is a small yet significant step towards a prospective league involving women’s stars in the future.

"The IPL is the biggest and most popular league in the world and it has been a long-time endeavour to have a women’s league that can match the exuberance of IPL. Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishanmurthy among others rubbing shoulders with foreign stars will be a unique experience and something that we have not witnessed here in India.”

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