Women’s IPL will happen at some point: Saba Karim

NEW DELHI: While clamour for a women’s IPL gets louder, former women’s cricket head at BCCI, Saba Karim, feels it is more important to have a stronger domestic structure including the resumption of multi-day red ball cricket.
The former India wicketkeeper, who looked after women’s cricket as BCCI General Manager – Cricket Operations, said the board will eventually organise the IPL but a stronger domestic structure is needed to unearth more talent like Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia and Richa Ghosh.
One argument against staging women’s IPL is that there are not enough players to choose from at the domestic level.
“‘Going forward, yes, BCCI will be looking at organising women’s IPL but I also feel that it is more important to have very
stronger domestic structure so that it keeps throwing up younger talent who can play at that level.
“And, I mean why men’s IPL was a success because the kind of structure the kind of talent that was coming up from the, from the domestic level. And I think a similar kind of thing needs to take place for women cricket also.
“So there are two three areas where I’m sure BCCI would would like to improve in terms of having more number of matches, more tournaments, maybe introducing a multi day domestic tournament. That will really help the younger talent to come through,” Karim said in a virtual interaction organised by Sony Sports.
He also said that it is a good sign that seven India players will be competing in the Women’s Big Bash after the T20 series in Australia.
Red-ball format in women’s cricket has not been played since 2018 but with India resuming Test cricket, Karim feels it makes sense to bring back multi-day game.
“Well that is the way to take it forward, but it is a big challenge is to find the right kind of window. It is equally important to make adequate preparation so that one is able to squeeze in a multi day tournament for women created in the given window.
“One should not forget that the season in India can’t start before September middle and you need to finish by March or April.
So there are certain constraints, but I’m sure all the state bodies can reorganise,” said Karim.
Talking about the T20 series in Australia beginning on Thursday, Karim predicted a 2-1 for India. He also wants skipper Harmanpreet Kaur to strike form.
“I’m looking at Harman to strike rich form. Being a captain, you do have the responsibility but one should not forget that you’re in the side purely as a batter and then the team expects you to contribute with with match winning performances on a regular basis.

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