India needs women’s IPL to develop the game and unearth new talent, says Jemimah Rodrigues

Indian cricketer Jemimah Rodrigues believes a full-fledged women’s Indian Premier League can make a difference by unearthing talent such as Shafali Verma which would help the national team do well at the global level.

Countries such as Australia and England organised T20 tournaments for women to develop the game and the 19-year-old Rodrigues believes the same will happen in India if there’s a women’s IPL.

“If you see the Big Bash and the Kia Super League have developed the game out there so much for Australia, England and now even New Zealand has started. That’s (IPL) definitely going to develop the game and it’s also going to get newer talent,” Rodrigues said on ICC’s show 100% Cricket.

She cited the example of the 16-year-old Shafali, who shone at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup with her explosive batting, as one of the finds of the IPL.

“We came to know about Shafali Verma through the IPL, she did so well in the IPL. We knew she could do well in the domestic circuit but after that playing against international players and being that fearless person we can get many more talents rising up playing such matches,” she said.

Rodrigues feels playing in the IPL will not only help develop the game…

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