The playoffs of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season 11 is scheduled to be played on May 22 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Ahead of the first qualifier match, a special T20 game will be played at the same venue between two teams named the IPL XI and the BCCI XI. The most surprising factor about this particular game is that the participants are Indian and overseas cricketers and has been approved by the IPL Governing Council.
According to a PTI report, the Board of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) has sanctioned women’s T20 exhibition match ahead of the IPL play-off in Mumbai. A pool of 30 women cricketers, 20 Indians and 10 foreigners, will train at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai ahead of the one-off game. The governing council gave green signal to this event after Indian women’s cricket team’s final appearance in the World Cup last year.
It has been learned from reports that all the players will be paid match fees and a daily allowance while a business class return ticket will be provided to the overseas cricketers.
Speaking on BCCI’s this initiative, Committee of Administrator (CoA) member and former Indian women’s team skipper Diana Edulji said,
“This is another important step in the promotion of women’s cricket. I am confident that this experiment will lead to a women’s IPL in the near future.”
Talking about the participation of players from other cricketing teams, the BCCI has approached the boards from Australia, South Africa, and England. Following the reports, it has been understood that the names of the foreign players will be announced soon. While the Indian names will be announced later the coming week.