Indian skipper and women's cricket legend Mithali Raj is concerned that the COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus disease) pandemic and resulting economic repercussion may have pushed back the growth of women's cricket by at least two years.
She said that a full-fledged women's IPL is still at least three years away although a fourth team can be added for the Challenger series, and this pandemic might have affected it more.
The 37-year-old is Indian women's ODI captain and the world's highest run-getter in 50-over cricket. She was also once the highest scorer in T20 cricket and former world no:1.
Speaking at Re-Setting the 'Sports Ecosystem: Opportunities in The New Normal World' at FICCI FRAMES, she mentioned her conversations with the BCCI about wanting to change the schedule and calendar for women's cricket.
DG (SAI) Sandip Pradhan said that the emphasis will be to present India's indigenous sports in a new avatar, and they should re-set, re-invent, and re-work priorities.