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BCCI set to launch five-team women’s IPL in March 2023

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The long-awaited women’s IPL is all ready to become a reality next year in March 2023. BCCI is planning to conduct a five-team tournament, immediately after the women’s T20 World Cup that will end on February 26th.

The BCCI’s proposed plan involves a total of 22 matches in the women’s league, with each squad comprising 18 players. Each team will have a maximum of six players from overseas. No more than five overseas players can feature in a playing XI, with four from Full Member countries and one from an Associate nation.

As per the plan, which the BCCI sent on Thursday to state associations, each team will play the others twice (20 matches), with the league topper heading straight to the final. The second finalist will be decided through an Eliminator contest between the second and third-ranked teams in the women’s league phase.

The BCCI is yet to finalize the length of the Women’s Indian Premier League (WIPL), but it would be wrapped up before the men’s IPL begins, which is likely at the end of March 2023.

“It will be a challenge to play the WIPL in the home and away format because with five to six teams it is not possible to have a match every day,” the BCCI said in its paper on the WIPL, which was sent to the states as part of the broader agenda for the board’s annual general meeting scheduled in Mumbai on October 18.

“It is suggested that the tournament can be played in caravan style, where after finishing ten matches at one venue, the next ten matches to be played at the next venue. Therefore, ten matches each to be played across two venues in the 2023 WIPL season, ten each in the next two venues in the 2024 season, and for the 2025 season ten matches in the remaining one venue and the remaining ten in one of the venues from 2023 season.”

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