Sourav Ganguly, the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), confirmed on Saturday that the 2022 edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge will take place in Lucknow from May 24 to 28. The tournament will be a three-team affair and the decision was taken after an apex council meeting of the board on Saturday as well.
“The Women’s Challenger series will be held between May 24-28 at Lucknow’s Ekana Stadium,” BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said to media persons.
However, the Women’s T20 Challenge has begun in 2018 with a one-off match, featuring two teams – Trailblazers and Supernovas. In 2019, the Women’s T20 Challenge was expanded to a three-team affair with a new team Velocity. And, instead of a one-off match, it played in a round-robin format with the top two teams reaching the final. However, last year the tournament didn’t take place owing to the global pandemic COVID-19.
While IPL Supernovas have won the title twice, Trailblazers are the defending champions too. Meanwhile, Velocity ended up being the runner-up in 2019 as well. Notably, many players, including Alyssa Healy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana and other cricketers have backed the decision of having a Women’s IPL. And, Ganguly had earlier revealed that BCCI is planning a full-fledged Women’s IPL next year as well.
“We are at the level of formulation to have a full-fledged WIPL. It is certainly going to happen. I strongly believe that next year i.e. 2023 will be a very good time to start a full-fledged women’s IPL which will be as big and grand a success as the men’s IPL,” Sourav Ganguly was quoted as saying by PTI in February.