The women’s IPL is a chance to dream big

Women’s cricket needs urgent fixing. But an opportunity, however delayed, is now at hand to create something beautiful.

Opportunity knocks.

Come to think of it, opportunity has worn its knuckles out knocking on the door of the Board of Control for Cricket in India since 2017. The difference is that in the year just begun, opportunity has returned with a battering ram—with “Women’s IPL” inscribed on its side in big bold letters.

Prima facie, this might sound like a hyperbolic statement, an attempt to make too much of yet another tamasha-in-pajamas. But consider:

  • In September, the International Cricket Council signed a four-year broadcast partnership—for 2024-2027—with Disney-Star. For an as yet officially undisclosed sum, the media group earns the …


Prem Panicker

Prem Panicker has been a journalist for over 30 years. From daily newspapers to weekly magazines and digital news portals—he was one of the seven journalists who were part of the start-up team—he has written and edited features extensively across mediums and publications. Since quitting his job at Yahoo in 2014, he has been working as a freelance writer and editor, as well as teaching narrative journalism.