Published: March 9, 2020 6:56:33 pm
The legendary Sunil Gavaskar feels that point is suitable to set the ball rolling for a full-fledged Women’s Indian Premier League to unearth extra gifted gamers after the nationwide workforce was outplayed within the T20 World Cup ultimate by defending champions Australia.
First-time finalists India were beaten by 85 runs however the unbeaten run earlier than that’s an indicator that issues are transferring in the suitable route, stated Gavaskar.
“To Sourav Ganguly and the BCCI, I would love to say, perhaps next year, have a look at having a women’s IPL as a result of that can unearth much more expertise. There is already plenty of expertise which we see and that can come to the fore with this efficiency of this Indian workforce all through this match,” he advised ‘India Today’.
Gavaskar stated a WIPL ought to be on playing cards even when there’s isn’t sufficient Indian expertise to have an eight-team IPL.
“Even if there are not 8 teams, a women’s IPL will make a lot of sense. There will be a lot more exposure for women. A lot more talent, which is there but we don’t know at the moment will come to the fore. And then, as the years go by, Indian women’s team will start winning a lot more trophies.”
The former India captain is pleased with how the BCCI is managing women’s cricket.
“….they are already doing a lot and which is the reason why this Indian women’s team has progressed so much. They went to Australia almost a month before the tournament started, and played a three-match T20I series (tri-series) against the Australians,” he stated.
“They did well over there. They were very well acclimated to the conditions and the pitches in Australia. So you have got to give credit to the BCCI for having done that,” he added.
Gavaskar cited the exmples of Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur, who gained from enjoying the women’s Big Bash League.
“The Australian cricket board has backed the Australian women’s team for a long, long time. The Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) has given plenty of opportunities to players, even our players,” he stated.
“The likes of Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet they have played in the WBBL. That is the tournament where you get to play against the best players and learn from that,” Gavaskar reasoned.
“That certainly has helped them to find many more players, just like the IPL has helped them to find many more players — the Indian men’s cricket team.”
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