BCCI to Introduce Multi-Day Red-Ball Cricket Competition for Women |

NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has unveiled plans to introduce a multi-day red-ball cricket competition for women across the country, according to recent reports.
Scheduled to commence immediately after the conclusion of the ongoing Women’s Premier League (WPL), slated to end on March 17, the tournament is set to kick off on March 29 in Pune.
Reports indicate that the competition will feature teams representing six zones – East, West, North, South, Central, and NorthEast – engaging in a series of five matches.
The tournament’s format will see two quarterfinal matches taking place simultaneously on March 29, 30, and 31. Following this stage, the championship will progress to the semifinals, expected to be held concurrently on April 5, 6, and 7. Finally, the grand final is scheduled for April 9, 10, and 11.
However, the identities of the two teams directly seeded in the semifinals remained undisclosed at the time of the report.
This three-day spectacle is anticipated to serve as a pivotal assessment of the BCCI’s ability to stimulate interest and participation among players in domestic red-ball cricket events. The initiative reflects the board’s commitment to ensuring that women’s cricket receives the same level of attention and importance as its male counterparts.
Moreover, it mirrors the BCCI’s broader objective of instilling a culture where domestic tournaments, such as the proposed red-ball competition, hold equivalent significance for players as high-profile leagues like the Indian Premier League (IPL) and international cricket fixtures.
The introduction of women’s red-ball cricket marks a significant milestone in the evolution of women’s cricket in India, offering players an invaluable platform to showcase their skills and compete at the highest level in the longer format of the game. With the inaugural tournament set to unfold in Pune, anticipation is high as cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the commencement of this historic event.
(With inputs from IANS)

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