Smriti Mandhana feels, women’s IPL should be started with five or six teams
Smriti Mandhana Indian opener for the women’s cricket team strongly believes that cricket in the country has enough depth to introduce a six-team women’s IPL. The IPL will further help improve bench strength for the national side. The Indian opener also stated that the IPL has improved the quality of domestic players in the men’s game. Similarly, if we introduce IPL for women’s cricket it can improve the quality and standard of domestic players.
Smriti Mandhana tells Ravichandran Ashwin during a live interaction, “There is the same number of states for men and women. So, when they a started the men’s IPL, there was a same number of states. But the quality went higher and higher as the years passed by”.
“What IPL is today, it wasn’t the same 10 or 11 years back. I think it’s the same for women’s cricket. We have the same amount of girls playing cricket”, Smriti Mandhana said.
Smriti further added by saying that “For now, I think we will have good five or six teams to start with probably grow to eight teams in one or two years. But till the time we don’t start, we don’t know”.
The Indian women’s opener in this league would give the right kind of exposure for the women domestic players which will help them improve their games.
“Five-six teams, we are good to go with. But eight teams, I am still not sure how it will look like. But I think we need to start with five or six teams so that we can get to eight teams very soon”.
The Indian opener also said that “I think till we don’t start, we are not giving exposure to our girls to turn their cricket into really different level”.
Smriti Mandhana pointed out that the women’s Big Bash League has immensely helped to improve the bench strength of the Australian team. The introduction of women’s IPL will help the Indian National Team improve their bench strength.
“I played in Big Bash League four years back and now the quality is completely different. You can see that in Cricket Australia were they 40-50 cricketers ready to play international cricket any day”.
“So, I want that to happen in Indian cricket. I think IPL will play a huge role in that “, Smriti Mandhana added.
BCCI currently hosts a Women’s T20 Challenge which features three teams namely Trailblazers, Supernovas, and Velocity.