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A women's Indian Premier League doesn't make sense to Mithali Raj. Here's why

Mithali said that before launching a women's IPL tournament, the BCCI must strengthen the domestic circuit for them

Prabhjeet Singh Sethi 21 March 2018, 8:43 PM
Raj feels India's women's cricket still has a long way to go

Raj feels India's women's cricket still has a long way to go Image: ICC/Twitter

Many cricket fanatics have suggested a women's Indian Premier League. Some learned crictics also say it's possible and rumours suggest something like that is already in the works under the BCCI's supervision.

But one of Indian women's cricket's oldest exponents, Mithali Raj, isn't happy with this idea. She says such an event will make sense only when the BCCI has a strong domestic set-up in place.

"It's important to have the pool of players who will be qualified to play IPL kind of a league. As I mentioned, (in) India A (team) itself we need quality players. Once we have those many players, then it will be wise enough to have an IPL," she said.

Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj. (Image: AFP)

Suggesting that such a move might go against promoting women's cricket, Mithali said, "You can feed in any domestic (players), but then there will be a stark difference between an international player and domestic player. It might go against promoting women's cricket. So, I personally believe that when you have strong domestic set-up and (are) churning quality players, then giving them an opportunity in IPL makes sense."

The Indian Premier League will start on April 7, where we will see Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings return to the fold after a two-year gap.

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