Indian cricketers including ODI captain Mithali Raj on Sunday welcomed BCCI President Sourav Ganguly’s announcement that the Women’s IPL will take place during the men’s league in the UAE. The India women’s cricket team has not participated in any form of competitive cricket since the T20 World Cup final against Australia since March. Mithali, who only plays ODIs, last represented the women in blue in November. Also Read - Don't Want to Get Into India-Pakistan Politics But Babar Azam Needs to be Playing IPL: Nasser Hussain

With the tour of England in cancelled, it seemed the women won’t get much game time before the ODI World Cup in February-March. However, BCCI boss Ganguly’s announcement has eased some concerns. Also Read - MS Dhoni Trends on Twitter After CSK Skipper Tests Negative For Coronavirus Ahead of IPL 13 | POSTS

“This is excellent news. Our ODI World Cup campaign to finally kick start. A big thank you to @SGanguly99 @BCCI @JayShah and thank you @BoriaMajumdar for your support to women’s cricket,” Mithali tweeted. Also Read - Was Disappointed I Couldn't Play in 2018 World T20 Semis: Mithali Raj

India senior spinner Poonam Yadav wrote: “Good news! Thank you @SGanguly99 and the BCCI.”

The BCCI had received some criticism for cancelling the women team’s tour of England at a time when the IPL preparations are on full swing.

The men’s IPL will be held between September 19 and November 8 or 10 (final date yet to be locked in) in the UAE due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in India. The four-team women’s event will also be fit in to the schedule, according to the BCCI chief.

“I can confirm to you that the women’s IPL is very much on and we do have a plan in place for the national team also,” Ganguly told PTI ahead of the IPL Governing Council meeting on Sunday.