Indian women’s cricket team star batter Smriti Mandhana has raised her concerns over the number of teams in the women’s IPL. She believes that the number of teams could be raised as the nation has enough depth in women’s cricket to conduct a six-team women’s Indian Premier League. She supported her argument by tracking the rise of Men’s IPL in the last decade.
“There is the same number of states for men and women. So, when they started men’s IPL, there was the same number of states. But the quality went higher and higher as the years passed by,” Smriti Mandhana said on Ravichandran Ashwin’s YouTube channel.
“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.
“For now, I think we will have good five or six teams to start with and probably grow to eight teams in one or two years. But till the time we don’t start, we don’t know,” she added.
Mandhana accepted the fact that the league might not be converted into an eight-team competition but expressed that it can well be conducted with six different teams. She believes that the cricketers need the right kind of exposure if the nation wants India’s women’s cricket to improve.
“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 really need to start with five or six teams so that we can actually get to eight teams very soon.
“I think till we don’t start, we are not giving exposure to our girls to turn their cricket into a really different level,” she said.
Mandhana is set to participate in the multiformat series against Australia comprising three ODIs, one Test, and three T20Is starting on September 19.
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