Who would’ve thought a T20 tournament based upon different cities of a nation will revolutionize the entire game of cricket in a way. The fierce competitors rubbing shoulders with each other and the good mates going hard at each other was only made possible by the Indian Premier League. A normal cricket fan 10 years ago would’ve rubbished these things calling it a deranged fanatic but now IPL has worked as a path breaker for every other franchise based T20 tournaments. While it has done all the goods it could’ve done for mens cricket, Women’s cricket is on a rise and there will be no better thing than a Women’s IPL to give them a lift. Here are the five reasons why Women’s IPL should be started.
1. Recognition of talents
The best thing IPL has done to Indian and overall cricket is to give an opportunity to all the talented cricketers. It’s a platform where talent meets opportunity and we have seen a lot of talents rising from here. Pandya Bros, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshvar Kumar as a T20 bowler and a lots of innumerable cricketers. The talent among women’s cricket isn’t inevitable and thus it needs a medium to be expressed.
2. Increase in following of Women’s Cricket
The IPL revolutionised not just the game but also it involved a lot of new audience to the game. Earlier, cricket used to be a game watched by youths and grown up men but IPL attracted all sections of people. Children, Women, Grown ups, Youths and senior citizens. It worked well for international cricket as well as more people got involved with cricket. This will also be the case with women’s cricket. Their game is on a rise and thus, all they need is a bit of fame.
3. Aiding financial support
IPL has done wonders for cricketers who couldn’t play the international cricket. At a time, when only 18-20 cricketers can play international cricket to earn a living, IPL gave them a scope of earning and getting stable with life. A lot of Women cricketers work as government officers at various posts which too is there for mostly recognized players. Many unrecognized though talented players struggle financially. It could turn out to be a boon for them as it will help them getting stable financially.
4. More earning to BCCI
BCCI earning by IPL includes TV rights, Sponsorship deal, the money earned by the auction of different franchises and every other small thing. BCCI got ₹17,000 Crore as TV rights recently for the next 5 years. The board also earns by the sponsorship deal. It was DLF which sponsored IPL for first 5 years, then the tournament was sponsored by Pepsi and currently by Vivo. They pay whopping amount of money to get these deals. And thus, starting a Women’s IPL would mean the addition to the earning by similar means. They won’t certainly get whopping amount but still, Women’s IPL will generate enough interest to earn big.
5. Visual treat for viewers
10 years back, nobody could’ve imagined world’s 2 best players Virat Kohli and AB De villiers or Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting batting together, fighting for one team to win. IPL just made this possible and it just gets a visual treat for the viewers. Kohli-AB breaking all the records together, that has to be an ultimate thing for a neutral cricket fan. There is no shortage of superstars in women’s cricket. Seeing Smriti Mandhana and Daniell Wyatt bat together will be an awesome thing and there are many such examples. Women’s IPL is the need of the hour.