IPL Women’s T20 league is sponsored by Jio, thus referred to as Jio Women’s T20 Challenge 2023 started from 4th November and will take place till 9th November. There are just 3 teams and will play just one match each in a group stage and the top 2 teams will progress to the finals to be held on 9th November. BCCI hs released the complete match fixtures and IPL Women’s T20 Challenge 2023 schedule along with teams and squads list.
IPL is the world’s biggest cash studded cricketing tournament and has certainly raised the bar of T20 cricket. Drawing inspiration from IPL, countries like Australia, Pakistan, and South Africa have started their own premier leagues.
However, if there is one thing that BCCI has adopted from Australia’s Big Bash is their Women’s T20 league. Yes, IPL Women’s T20 league is back and here is everything you must know about the ongoing league.
|IPL Supernovas||Harmanpreet Kaur|
|IPL Trailblazers||Smriti Mandhana|
|IPL Velocity||Mithali Raj|
IPL Women’s T20 Challenge 2023 Schedule
The T20 tournament was originally scheduled for May 2023. However, due to the pandemic, similarly to every sporting event, women’s T20 league also got postponed and is now taking place during IPL men’s playoffs.
There are a total of just 4 matches over the course of 5 days and the list of full fixtures is as follows.
|Match No.||Match Type||Date||Match||Time(IST)||Stadium|
|1||Group Stage||4th November 2023||IPL Supernovas Vs IPL Velocity||7:30 pm||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah|
|2||Group Stage||5th November 2023||IPL Velocity Vs IPL Trailblazers||7:30 pm||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah|
|3||Group Stage||7th November 2023||IPL Trailblazers VS IPL Supernovas||7:30 pm||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah|
|4||Final||9th November 2023||T.B.D Vs T.B.D||7:30 pm||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah|
All the matches will be played at the same stadium in Sharjah due to the COVID Pandemic. What’s strange to see is that the kind of importance given in scheduling men’s league compared to women’s. IPL Velocity has its match on 4th as well as 5th which is absurd for any team and league in the world.
Moreover, the women’s team have all flown to Dubai, quarantined themselves for just one match. Their quarantine period is lengthier than the tournament for which they are there to play.
Thus, it won’t be wrong to say that more than promoting women’s league, it seems to look like filler matches played during the gap between men’s playoff schedule.
Women’s T20 Challenge 2023 Squads
1. IPL Supernovas Team Squad
|Harmanpreet Kaur (C)||Jemimah Rodrigues (VC)||Chamari Atapattu||Priya Punia||Anuja Patil|
|Radha Yadav||Taniya Bhatia (WK)||Shashikala Siriwardene||Poonam Yadav||Shakera Selman|
|Arundhati Reddy||Pooja Vastrakar||Ayushi Soni||Ayabonga Khaka||Muskan Malik|
2. IPL Trailblazers Team Squad
|Smriti Mandhana (C)||Deepti Sharma (VC)||Punam Raut||Richa Ghosh||D.Hemalatha|
|Nuzhat Parween (WK)||Rajeshwari Gayakwad||Harleen Deol||Jhulan Goswami||Simaran Dil Bahadur|
|Salma Khatun||Sophie Ecclestone||Natthakan Chantham||Deandra Dottin||Kashvee Gautam|
3. IPL Velocity Team Squad
|Mithali Raj (C)||Veda Krishnamurthy (VC)||Shafali Verma||Sushma Verma (WK)||Ekta Bisht|
|Mansi Joshi||Shikha Pandey||Devika Vaidya||Sushree Dibyadarshini||Manali Dakshini|
|Leigh Kasperek||Danielle Wyatt||Suné Luus||Jahanara Alam||M. Anagha|
The Indian players first had to undergo a mandatory quarantine in Mumbai for 9 days, before they flew to UAE and quarantined again for 6 days in Sharjah. The players were tested on Day1, 3, and 5 for COVID-19.
IPL Women’s T20 League Broadcasters
Star Sports have gained the exclusive rights to broadcast the league. Athough for online viewers they can stream into Disney+Hotstar to tune into the matches.
Women’s T20 Challenge History
IPL Women’s T20 league was inaugurated in 2018. This year would mark its 3rd edition, while there were just 2 teams in the 2018 edition and saw just one match. IPL Velocity was added to the league last year only. The list of winners of the Women’s T20 league is as follows.
Disclaimer: The information given above is updated after every official announcement related to the IPL Women’s T20 Challenge schedule.