BCCI Announces Women's Cricket IPL

Rocky GettersSenior Writer IMay 3, 2009

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 17:  Lalit Modi the Commissioner of the IPL talks to the press as he attends a school to launch the IPL 'HEAT' initiative at Alexander Sinton College, Athlone, on April 17, 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa.  (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

In an absolutely shocking and yet exciting decision, the BCCI announced the formation of the Indian Premier League for women's cricket today, as part of a mammoth effort to boost interest in women's cricket.

The format, schedule, auctions, price-tags, and other features of this new tournament will be pretty much similar to that of the men's IPL. Though early days, many experts believe this is the biggest initiative taken by the cricket association to ignite interest in women's sports and...

That's when Jhulan Goswami woke up from her sleep and realized that this could only be a dream. For those who haven't heard that name before, open up a tab, go to Google, and search her name. She is the captain of the Indian women's cricket team, and also the fastest female bowler in the cricketing world.

So, why did Rocky Getters write this article? Should this article be under the humor section? Why start an article with a fabricated headline?

Instead of answering these questions, I have some questions of my own.

The BCCI is the richest cricketing body in the world, and its sweet baby "IPL", easily the most pampered child which churns out millions of dollars every day. Who cares if the tournament named "Indian Premier League" isn't held in India, we can find another country to host it. Who cares if some players say no, we can always find some others for even higher prices.

I wonder what would have happened if they had shown one-tenth of that fervor to promote women's cricket?

My question is: Why not actually hold a women's IPL?

Why shouldn't the BCCI spend some of its profits on holding an extravagant tournament for the benefit of women's cricket?

Some might argue, such a tournament may not garner that much attention, there will be huge losses. So what? At least make an effort.

There are contests for women here in South Africa, the winners of which get to audition for a Bollywood movie. They spend money on cheerleaders dancing in skimpy clothes (which I definitely have nothing against, but still...). They invite Bollywood superstars to buy stakes in IPL teams.

Can't the BCCI do something instead to promote women's cricket, at an international and national level with all that money?

I'm a straight guy & this is my opinion, but it'd be interesting to know if female writers here in b/r or just women in general reading this article, would appreciate BCCI holding IPL for women's cricket.... or would rather like to see some enchanted teenager get a chance to act in a Bollywood musical?

Hmmm...I have set up the forum for a discussion. Let no opinion go unwritten.

This is your chance.

I must admit, as audaciously smart and blessedly crazy I am, this idea was actually triggered by my brain out of a discussion with a writer here on b/r in the cricket galleries itself, named Ms. Nandhini Reddy. Thanks!