Women’s IPL very much on, says Ganguly; likely in UAE between November 1-10

The Board of Control for Cricket in India will continue with the practice of accommodating women’s T20 Challenger series with the Indian Premier League. Board president Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that the Women’s IPL is “very much on”.

Ahead of the IPL Governing Council meeting, Ganguly has confirmed to national news agency PTI that the women’s IPL will be accommodated in the IPL 2020 schedule. “I can confirm to you that the women’s IPL is very much on and we do have a plan in place for the national team also,” Ganguly has said.

The IPL GC later today will be finalising the schedule of the league, which is tentatively planned from September 19 to November 8. It is reported that the final may be extended by two days to November 10.

Another senior BCCI functionary has reportedly stated that the women’s IPL may be accommodated towards the last round of the men’s league between November 1 and 10.

Ganguly has also revealed plans to have a camp for the centrally contracted women players, who have been out of action since March due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“We couldn’t have exposed any of our cricketers, be it male or female to health risk. It would have been dangerous,” Ganguly said. “The NCA also remained shut because of COVID-19. But we have a plan in place and we will have a camp for women, I can tell you that.”

The BCCI’s cricket operations team is chalking up a schedule where Indian women are likely to have two full-fledged white-ball series against South Africa and the West Indies before playing the ODI World Cup in New Zealand.

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