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 global women players.
India internationals Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the two teams in a match that will showcase some of the most talented women cricketers. Australia, New Zealand and England players will appear in this match.
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.
In this regard, the IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla said in his statement: "The IPL will continue to be as usual". "Danielle Wyatt and Daniel Hazell will add the English flavour". The Twenty20 match will be held at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.
The match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium on May 22 and will be broadcasted live from 2:30 PM, as the Board of Control for Cricket in India plans to start a women's IPL in the next two to three years.
"BCCI has been pulling out all stops to promote and nurture women's cricket and this is a small yet significant step towards a prospective league involving women's stars in the future", she said. "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". We've seen the Women's Big Bash League, the Kia Super League, and hopefully in a few years, the women's IPL.
The T20 match will begin at 1400 hrs IST and will be followed by IPL 2018 Qualifiers.