Australians to be part of women's IPL exhibition match

The one-of-a-kind match will pit the IPL Trailblazers against IPL Supernovas

India's Smriti Mandhana will lead the IPL Trailblazers in the one-off match | AFP

These plans have been further cemented as an exhibition game was announced to create buzz and excitement has been arranged, set to happen later this month on May 22 amongst the very topmost worldwide women players.

No firm details of the new league have yet been revealed, but pressure for a women's IPL has been building since India reached the final of the women's World Cup in England past year.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (CoA) head Vinod Rai yesterday said that they are aiming to launch a women's edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the next three years.

With an eye on growing this wave, the BCCI is hosting the T20 Challenge to provide the women's game a platform alongside its most popular tournament.

In this regard, the IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla said in his statement: "The IPL will continue to be as usual". "New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates, attacking batter Sophie Devine, who holds the record for fastest half-century in women's T20Is, Australia's all-rounder Ellyse Perry, wicket-keeper bat Alyssa Healy, Megan Schutt and Beth Mooney have confirmed their participation". "Danni Wyatt and Daniel Hazell will add the English flavour".

He further informed that the game will be played at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium and will be telecast live in India and across the world.

It is also a way to test waters for a women's IPL in near future. "Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishanmurthy among others rubbing shoulders with foreign stars will be a unique experience and something that we have not witnessed here in India".

The match will kick start at 2.00 pm and will be followed by the IPL 2018 Qualifier 1.

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