The newly formed Women’s Premier League (WPL) will be welcomed by the Indian cricket community as it begins its journey. A few hours from now, the first ball of the historic event will be bowled. The WPL is expected to drastically alter the landscape of women’s cricket in India, both domestically and internationally.
The Women’s T20 Challenge, which was more of an exhibition match between three teams and lasted about three to five days, was the first step in the BCCI’s long-term strategy for the WPL. But, following the WBBL and the Hundred, the WPL will be the full-fledged version of franchise women’s cricket. Indian cricket underwent a shift once the IPL debuted. For the past fifteen years or more, the IPL’s enormous popularity has helped Indian cricket develop and discover several talented players. And that will primarily be the WPL’s area of attention. Here are some ideas for how the WPL may give Indian women’s cricket a new focus.
A long list of Indian women athletes has given up their dreams due to peer pressure. Ravi Kalpana, a former Indian player, is an illustration of such. At only 25 years old, her desire to play cricket was put on hold because of peer pressure and a lack of financial resources. In Indian cricket, there are innumerable examples of women who have abandoned their hobby and given in to their obligations.
The future generation will hopefully be inspired by WPL to continue pursuing their goals. Cricket in this country is compared to a religion because of how dedicated fans are to the sport. And the WPL’s entry is significant for women’s cricket. There are already a lot of young players in the first WPL season, including Shabnam Shakil (Gujarat Giants), Shreyank Patil (RCB), and Minnu Mani (DC). Additionally, each of the aforementioned athletes arrived after considerable adversity. The takeaway is therefore obvious: don’t just give up on your hope. This message will be crucial for the next generation and play a significant role in the revolution of sports in India.