The board is planning to have five or six teams in the inaugural edition. All the existing ten men’s IPL franchises will be given the first right of refusal to buy the women’s IPL teams.
It is learnt that at least four men’s IPL franchises are interested in knowing from the BCCI what is on the table in case they want to invest in the WIPL.
“It [the full-fledged women’s IPL] has to be approved by the AGM. We plan to start it by next year hopefully,” Ganguly told reporters after the IPL governing council meeting in Mumbai on Friday.
According to Patel, there would be five or six teams in the Women’s IPL but again that would need the approval of the general body.
“It’s fantastic for women’s cricket,” Tryon said on Saturday. “If you’ve looked at how successful the Big Bash has been and the Hundred just coming back into it, we want things like this to happen. We want leagues from around the world. We want to showcase our skill and it’s fantastic to see that there’s six teams now, so I think a lot of people, and not just me, are really eager to want to play there.
“We know how it is to play in India. We know how the crowds are. It’s really good. So I’m really excited to see how that goes. I’ll hopefully want to play; we’ll see see how that goes. But it’s really exciting for women’s cricket. And as you can see this World Cup, it’s bringing a lot of attention and I’m just thankful that they (BCCI) are looking at it and putting women’s cricket on the platform. So it’s really exciting.”
With the second half of the IPL being shifted to the UAE because of the pandemic, the Women’s T20 Challenge was not held last year. However, it was staged in the UAE in 2020 when Trailblazers won the title.
The men’s IPL starts on Saturday with defending champions Chennai Super Kings up against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium.
*0645 GMT: The story was updated after Shafali Verma and Chloe Tyyon spoke in Christchurch.