In the past decade, Indian Premier League (IPL) have given a massive platform for Indian cricketers to exhibit their skill and talent to the world. Over the years, the domestic T20 extravaganza has not only enthralled the fans but also given them infinite moments of joy and happiness. After producing several match-winning stars in men’s cricket in form of Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya or Yuzvendra Chahal – there have been talks about the introduction of a women’s version of the IPL. Also Read - MS Dhoni's India's Ambitions Might be Over: Harsha Bhogle
Several other countries like Australia and England already run women T20 leagues parallel to the men’s competition to provide the other gender with enough chances to prove their credentials. India’s star women leg-spinner – Poonam Yadav, who had a successful show in the T20 World Cup, took to Twitter on Sunday and stated that she would like to bowl for the Chennai Super Kings if given a chance. Also Read - Mushtaq Ahmed Wants Table-Toppers Multan Sultans to be Declared Pakistan Super League 2020 Winners
“Given a chance, would love to roll my arm over for @ChennaiIPL,” Poonam said in a tweet replying to a question where she was asked which team she would want to turn up for in the IPL. Also Read - MS Dhoni Will Get a Chance in ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Even if IPL Gets Cancelled, Says Childhood Coach Keshav Ranjan Banerjee
“Lionesses are the real hunters! Vaa vaa Manjal malarey!” Chennai Super Kings replied to Poonam from their official Twitter handle.
India lost to Australia in the final of the T20 World Cup but Poonam was a revelation in the tournament. Starting her campaign with a four-wicket haul against Australia, the 28-year-old scalped 10 wickets in the competition, finishing as the second highest wicket taker behind Megan Schutt.
Jaipur was supposed to host the upcoming 2020 edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge where a total of seven matches was to be played during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Playoff week at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium involving four teams.
Last year, it was played among three teams. The idea of having the women player clash on the sidelines of the IPL was introduced in 2018 and a one-off match was played in Mumbai.
In the inaugural edition, Supernovas won the match by three wickets in a last over thriller against the Trailblazers at the Wankhede Stadium.
In 2019, it was a three-team tournament instead of a one-off match, featuring a new team called IPL Velocity along with IPL Trailblazers and IPL Supernovas. The IPL Supernovas defeated IPL Velocity by 4 wickets in second edition and retained the title.