Girls are crying out for Women's IPL, says Australia's Alana King

Vishal Mehra

| Jun 3, 2022 12:09 PM

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With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) searching for a suitable window to commence the most-awaited Women's Indian Premier League (WIPL) next year, female cricketers have expressed their views quite openly about playing in it.

Australia's Alana King, who recently played for the Supernovas in the BCCI-organised Women's T20 Challenge, said that WIPL is what several women players have been waiting for.

According to ESPNcricinfo, King said, "A lot of the girls are crying out for something like the IPL to start up. We've got the Big Bash, there's the Hundred and the women's IPL will be a really good tournament to showcase the Indian domestic players that I came to play alongside and get to know a bit."

King, the Women's World Cup winner with Australia, said that it is scary seeing the depth of female cricketers in India, and the WIPL will only give them more exposure.

"It's scary to see the talent they've got in their domestic system. It will do Indian cricket a world of good as well as world cricket and I think everyone is just excited. The talk was hopefully there's a proper IPL next year and I'll definitely be putting my hand up for it…hopefully there's enough traction. There's definitely enough talent within India to start it up," the leg-spinner communicated.

Speaking about her time with the Supernovas, King said that it was a new experience for her to see such an audience.

"It was electric to be honest. I've never played in front of a crowd that was so loud you could barely hear yourself think," King added, who was the only female Australian player this time around.

In her debut year, the 26-year-old has already bagged the Women's Ashes and the 50-overs WC. Her parents are of Indian origin and migrated to Australia in 1988.

On her experience so far, she said, "I have reflected a fair bit in the downtime of what's happened with being called up then winning the Ashes and World Cup. It's been a whirlwind six months."

The right-hander will be seen with Australia on their upcoming Ireland tour and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

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