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Captain Harmanpreet calls for women’s IPL after Australia beat India in 2nd T20I

India’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur on Saturday stressed the need for a women’s IPL after failing in a tight match against Australia in the second match of the three-match series here on Saturday.

Even during the previous ODIs, India ended in a tight end on the wrong side of the result.

“If you look at the way Tahlia McGrath batted today, we can see how much confidence she is getting from a tournament like WBBL. They are ready to play international cricket,” Kaur said at the post-match presser.

“He hasn’t played much in international cricket but he has got to play many matches before playing for Australia. We have some young players who haven’t played much cricket at the highest level like (fast bowler) Renuka Singh.

“He has done really well in domestic cricket, but he still doesn’t have that much experience. If we had a women’s IPL, the domestic players would have got a lot of opportunities to prove themselves under pressure.”

Renuka decisively turned the game in Australia’s favor for 13 runs in the 19th over. Veteran fast bowler Shikha Pandey conceded 11 runs in the 18th over.

At least eight Indian players have featured in the Women’s Big Bash this season and leading stars have also featured in the Hundred in the UK.

Kaur cited the example of men’s IPL where youngsters get a chance to play with the cream of world cricket.

“Even when we see a young talent play, we can see the maturity in their game. They must have played at least 40-50 IPLs by then.

“I think that is the only reason why we are lagging now. Before playing at the international level, if we get a chance to play in domestic tournaments like IPL, we will definitely improve.

“In Australia, he gets 20-30 matches in WBBL before getting into international cricket. It will develop your skills and give you experience so that you don’t feel lost in international cricket.”

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