The Women’s T20 Challenge will be conducted concurrently with the IPL 2022 playoffs, according to the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly. Since 2018, BCCI has hosted the competition in conjunction with the IPL playoffs, however, in 2021, the team was unable to do so since they were playing in Australia.
Furthermore, it occurred in 2020, even during a Covid-affected IPL match in the UAE. The Women’s T20 Challenge was held in Sharjah at the time. The places, though, would be selected later, the BCCI President informed.
“The Women’s T20 Challenge will again be back this year in May. Hopefully, in the future, we will be able to host a bigger women’s IPL. But this year, the Women’s T20 Challenge will surely happen during the IPL playoffs,” Ganguly told Sportstar.
He also stated that the senior women’s T20 league, which was scheduled to begin in February, will restart shortly. Due to COVID-19, the competition had to be postponed. The Cooch Behar Trophy’s knockout stages were also cancelled owing to an increase in cases.
“We have time for the Cooch Behar Trophy. Let this COVID settle down a bit, we can hold it because it is just at the knockout stage, and only a few matches are pending. We can do it in April-May. Similarly, with the Women’s T20 League, we will do it as well. We are presuming that in another month, the number of cases will go down and we can host it,” Ganguly said.
Ganguly believes the senior duo can rediscover their form by playing domestic cricket, and believes they are both excellent players.
“Yeah, they are very good players. Hopefully, they will go back to Ranji Trophy and score a lot of runs, which I am sure they will. I don’t see any problem [for them to go back to domestic cricket after playing so much international cricket],” Ganguly said.
In other news, Ganguly has also hinted at the venue for the IPL 2022 and stated that the tournament is likely to be held on the home turf if the Covid-19 situation in the country is under control. For the last two seasons, IPL has been hosted in the UAE. So, a declaration like this by the BCCI is sure to delight the fans.
“It will be held in India this year, until and unless COVID-19 hits the roof,” Ganguly told Sportstar when asked about the venue of IPL 2022. “As far as venues are concerned, we are looking at hosting the matches in Maharashtra – Mumbai, and Pune. We will take a call on the venues for the knockout stages later,” he added.
The dates of the IPL 2022 is yet to be decided while the mega auction of the tournament is set to take place in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13, 2022.