On Sunday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly ended all speculation regarding the core body for not having a plan for Harmanpreet Kaur and her team stating that Women’s IPL which is also popularly known as Challenger series is “very much on”.
The men’s IPL will be scheduled between 19th September to 8th or 10th November in the UAE due to the spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in India. But, the date is yet to be confirmed. As per the BCCI chief, the women’s IPL will also be adjusted into this schedule.
"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 stated during the IPL Governing Council meeting later on Sunday.
As the former India Captain has also been waiting for the Supreme Court verdict on waiver of the cooling-off period to continue in the position, he did not disclose any further details. However, a senior official reported that Women’s Challenger like the previous year will be organised during the last phase of the IPL.
"The women's Challenger series is likely to be held between November 1-10 and there could be a camp before that," the source reported.
Sourav Ganguly also announced that the centrally contracted women players will have a camp although it has been delayed to the ongoing pandemic.
"We couldn't have exposed any of our cricketers -- be it male or female to health risk. It would have been dangerous," said Sourav Ganguly. He also added that "The NCA also remained shut because of COVID-19. But we have a plan in place and we will have a camp for women, I can tell you that."
The BCCI’s cricket operating teams are deciding upon a plan where Indian women players are likely to have two white-ball series against South Africa and West Indies, prior to playing the ODI World Cup in New Zealand.