Everything You Need To Know About Women’s IPL 2023

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5 Teams, 22 Matches, 2 Venues – The BCCI is set to launch the Women’s IPL next year. After much deliberation, the board had set the wheels in motion for the women’s IPL earlier this year and now the tournament, which has been demanded by fans and cricketers alike for the past few years, is ready to kick off.

When will the women’s IPL be played?

The long-awaited tournament is slotted to be played in March 2023 – in the window after the Women’s T20 World Cup ends on February 26 and before the start of the men’s IPL 2023, which is reportedly the last week of March.

How many teams will participate in women’s IPL 2023, and how many matches will be played?

According to the reports, the BCCI has finalized on making the first edition of the women’s IPL a 5-team tournament. Each team will play each other twice, making it 20 matches in the league stage. The league phase topper will directly qualify for the final, while the other finalist will be decided by an Eliminator between the second and third placed side.

How big the squads can be?

Each squad can comprise a maximum of 18 players with a maximum of 6 overseas.

1st edition of Women's IPL to be held in March 2023

What is the overseas player rule in women’s IPL?

For women’s IPL, in the playing XI a maximum of 5 overseas players are allowed with four from Full Member countries and one from an Associate nation.

How long will the women’s IPL run?

The BCCI has set aside a 25-day window for the Women’s IPL 2023 wherein 22 matches will be played, and the tournament will be completed before the men’s IPL 2023 commences in the last week of March.

What are the teams for Women’s IPL 2023?

The board members are still pondering over the venues and the teams for the inaugural women’s IPL. According to Cricbuzz, BCCI are debating over two options of selling the IPL teams: Zone wise – North (Dharamsala/Jammu), South (Kochi/Vizag), Central (Indore/Nagpur/Raipur), East (Ranchi/Cuttack), North East (Guwahati) and West (Pune/Rajkot) – with matches held at non-IPL venues);

second, the existing city-wise like with Men’s IPL (Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata – with matches held at IPL venues).

The women’s IPL 2023 will be played in the caravan style (as in the first half of the IPL 2021) where the first 10 league matches will be played at one venue and then all teams will move to the second venue where the other set of 10 matches will be hosted.

What were the women’s matches BCCI hosted during IPL in past years?

In 2018, the BCCI had launched the Women’s T20 Challenge, but it had only one match in the first edition. Over the next three years, it expanded to a three-team competition. The players for this were picked and drafted into teams by the BCCI.