The Women’s Premier League (WPL) has been gaining momentum and popularity since its inaugural edition earlier this year. And now, there is a possibility that the tournament could be played in the home-and-away format with a bigger window, possibly during the Diwali period, according to BCCI secretary Jay Shah.
Shah said during an interaction with media persons that they are considering the idea of scheduling the next edition of the WPL in the home-and-away format during the Diwali window. This would mean that the tournament would not be played twice a year but only in a different time window.
The first edition of the tournament, which featured five teams, was held from March 4 to 26 this year across two venues in Mumbai. It ended just five days before the IPL 2023 season began in March and attracted large crowds, especially at the DY Patil Stadium and during the knockouts.
The Mumbai Indians, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, emerged victorious by beating the Delhi Capitals, captained by Meg Lanning, by seven wickets in the final at the Brabourne Stadium on March 26.
Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is set to be celebrated on November 12 this year. It remains to be seen whether the BCCI will move the WPL window to that time of the year this year itself, as the board will also be hosting the men’s ODI World Cup from October 5 to November 19 across 12 cities.