According to former India captain Mithali Raj, the creation of a women’s Indian Premier League (IPL) will bring about a “big time” revolution in women’s cricket in India and elsewhere.
India is in England for a multi-format white-ball series that starts on September 10 with three Twenty20 matches and ends with three one-day matches, with the championship match taking place at Lord’s.
Every venue in The Hundred, which ended earlier this month, saw record attendance for the women’s game, which is still expanding.
The most decorated female cricketer in India, Raj, stated that the Women’s IPL, which has been announced for next year (March 2023), “obviously things are going to change big time for women’s cricket.”
Raj, who represented India in 12 Tests, 232 ODIs, and 89 T20 matches, claims that the path to playing women’s cricket in India is now a lot clearer than it was when she first began in the early 1990s.
Raj stated that it was difficult for her grandparents to understand that their granddaughter was participating in sports, especially strenuous exercise.
“None of my cousins participates in sports, and I’m the only one in the family to have chosen what, in those days, was an unusual career path for a woman.
Because there were so many boys at the academy where my brother attended, I initially believed that cricket was exclusively for males. I saw no girls at all.
Then one day, my brother’s coach asked me to pick up the bat, and I apparently pleased him, possibly more than my brother did, since the coach advised my dad to devote his time, effort, and resources to developing his daughter into a cricket player rather than his son, the player recalls.