‘A five or six-team IPL will be great for women’s cricket’: Smriti Mandhana
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Updated: May 15, 2020 8:29:26 pm

Smriti Mandhana was awarded the ICC’s women’s cricketer of the yr in 2019. (Source: File Photo)

Swashbuckling India opener Smriti Mandhana feels a full-fledged women’s Indian Premier League (IPL) could make a distinction in tapping the expertise which might assist the nationwide group do properly on the international stage.

The 23-year-old opener additionally acknowledged the efforts the BCCI is placing in to make it a actuality.

“The BCCI has put in a lot of effort, first we had an exhibition match kind of women’s IPL two years ago then there was a very successful IPL with three teams. And this year it was supposed to be four teams,” Mandhana mentioned on the BBC podcast ‘The Doosra’.

“I’m sure a lot of IPL style matches will take place for a year or two. A five or six-team IPL for women will be great for Indian women’s cricket especially for the World Cups,” she added.

The southpaw hopes the hole between the home and worldwide cricket that exists in women’s cricket within the nation proper now will be bridged quickly.

“Women’s cricket in Indian is growing massively, especially the domestic circuit. But there’s still a lot of gap between competition between international and domestic circuit which I think will be bridged in 2-3 years.”

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The Indian women’s group has taken large strides since coming into their maiden remaining of a World Cup in 2017 and coach WV Raman feels the facet has the potential to grow to be one of the best group in three years.

Asked if she feels the identical Mandhana mentioned “We’ve grown a lot as a team especially after the 2017 WC. T20 format is not one of our strengths before but we have done reasonably well in the last two World Cups.”

“Not simply this one in Australia, however the one we performed in West Indies was an excellent World Cup, sadly, we misplaced to England. What Raman sir mentioned will occur. But I can’t say in what number of years possibly subsequent yr or in 3-Four years or 5 years however I’m sure it will occur,” she added.

Mandhana, who was awarded the ICC’s women’s cricketer of the yr in 2019, additionally recalled an anecdote she shared with Indian males’s group skipper Virat Kohli that impressed her.

“I spoke to Virat in New Zealand last year. Both of us had got the ICC award he said ‘Your team can do something in India that the men’s team can’t. That changes the culture of women in India and that you all as the team have a big role to play in the future. Whenever you feel like a gym session think that you can inspire a generation of women to take up sports.’”

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