26 March 2019 last updated at 14:27 GMT
 
Women's IPL the next 'big step': Lanning
Tuesday 05 March 2019

The Australian side will have a break when its three-match one-day series concludes against New Zealand at the Junction Oval on Sunday but, for several players, a series of exhibition matches beckons in the IPL.

The most lucrative domestic Twenty20 tournament for men staged a one-off exhibition match for the women last year at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai but there are plans this year to intersperse matches during the finals of the men's competition.

One report in the Indian media said there were plans for either a two-or-three team competition over seven to 10 days but there was not yet enough commercial support, nor the depth in Indian women's cricket, for a fully fledged competition, such as Australia's Women's Big Bash League.

"It was a lot of fun. We only, obviously, played the one game last time. I am not too sure what the set up would be this time if there was one but, from the response we got last time, everyone is keen to do it," Lanning said on Saturday.

"I would certainly love to be involved in something like that. The next big step for women's cricket is if an IPL could get up - it's certainly an exciting prospect."

An official from the Board of Control for Cricket in India told the Press Trust of India last week: "Logistically and even considering the players’ pool we have, the best-of-three games between two teams seems a lot more doable than forming three teams.

"The quality of the competition can’t be compromised and that is one of the reasons why a women’s IPL can’t be organised at the moment."

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