The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made substantial progress in developing the 2024 Women’s Premier League (WPL), selecting Bengaluru and Delhi as the venues for the event. In an important decision, the BCCI intends to split the event into two phases, with Bengaluru staging the first and Delhi hosting the second, including the knockout stages.
Possible schedule and format for WPL 2024
The preliminary schedule for the WPL’s second season is scheduled between February 22 and March 17, which falls just before the start of the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) on March 22. This careful planning provides for new pitches at both locations, which improves the level of play in both events.
Unlike the first season of the WPL, which took place only in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, the second season will include a dual-venue format. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has previously hinted at a desire for a single-state hosting to speed up administration. Still, the decision to go with two locations allows flexibility and maybe a greater reach.
Challenges that BCCI has to deal with
While Bengaluru has the M Chinnaswamy Stadium and Delhi has the Arun Jaitley Stadium, the successive 10-day games at each location are out of the ordinary. Historically, neither the IPL nor the WPL have seen matches played consecutively at the exact location for more than two days, hence this is an interesting adjustment in schedule patterns.
The Mumbai Indians, who won the first season after defeating the Delhi Capitals in the final last year, established a high standard. The BCCI’s decision to increase the hosting cities for WPL 2024 demonstrates a commitment to learning and adapting, ensuring that the competition continues to engage fans.
As Bengaluru and Delhi prepare to host the Women’s Premier League, cricket fans eagerly anticipate the outcome of this unique era in women’s cricket. This promises not just exciting matches, but also a new approach to staging the best cricket events. Stay tuned for a thrilling cricket season ahead!