Mumbai, 3rd May 2022: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah announced on Tuesday that the Women’s T20 Challenge will take place in Pune from May 23 to 28.
The event would be held in the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow, according to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who revealed this at the apex council meeting a few weeks ago. But, according to Sportstar, the Board’s top brass concluded that, with the bio-bubble already in place, hosting the four-match event at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune would be the best option.
According to the schedule, the tournament will begin on May 23, followed by two round-robin league matches which are to be held on May 24 and May 26. The final will be on May 28.
Since 2018, the Women’s T20 Challenge has become a yearly event. The competition could not be held last year due to the national team’s tour of Australia. This year’s competition will include three teams, and some of the biggest stars will be in attendance.
The BCCI announced in March that it is considering launching a six-team ‘full-fledged’ Women’s Indian Premier League in 2023, with Indian and international players.
The idea “must be approved by the AGM,” Ganguly had said at the time. While Board officials remained tight-lipped, it is reported that several stakeholders with IPL teams are eager to be connected with the competition.
Teams in the IPL are interested in purchasing franchises for the league, and sources say “existing franchises will be given first choice,” after which “other parties will be invited” to bid for teams. “We’re looking into everything,” a Board insider added, “and a clear plan will be finalised soon.”