Cricket: Indian Premier League To Add Women’s Cricket In 2023

After the success of the 2022 Cricket World Cup, the women’s club landscape is preparing for a major shake-up.

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) announced plans in March for a women’s league to launch in 2023.

To understand the monumental backing the IPL can bring to the women’s game, one simply has to look at the numbers.

According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the IPL is third only to the English Premier League and the NFL in viewership, with 600 million in 2021.


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The IPL is about to offer streaming rights for the men’s competition in June, in what will likely be a multi-billion dollar sale and will ideally trickle down to the newly created women’s teams.

The league is targeting six new teams for the inaugural year of competition.

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As 2022 World Cup-leading scorer Alyssa Healy said in March:

“The IPL in particular — to be able to grow the game in India is incredible. It is an untapped market in the women’s game and will do so much for domestic talent. (India is) going to be unbeatable in 10 years. They need a leg up in the domestic set-up to showcase what these women can do.”

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In addition to plans for an expanded field, the fourth-annual T20 Challenge exhibition is getting ready to kick off.

The three-team affair will take place alongside the IPL playoffs from May 24-28.

Indicative of the struggle to raise the profile of the women’s game, the tournament will not be televised or streamed.

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