Plans under way for women's Indian Premier League, reveal cricket officials

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In a bid to promote and test the feasibility of a potential T20 league for women, the BCCI will be hosting an exhibition match ahead of the first IPL Qualifier on May 22 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has predicted that Test cricket will soon end as teams simply won't have the resources to play the sport.Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, McCullum said, "I firmly believe that Test cricket won't be around in time, because there's only so many teams that can afford to play it", he was quoted as saying".

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"We were in talks with several Boards and I am pleased with the outcome". White Ferns captain Suzie Bates, attacking batter Sophie Devine, who holds the record for fastest half-century in women's T20Is, Australia's fine all-rounder Ellyse Perry, wicket-keeper bat Alyssa Healy, Megan Schutt and Beth Mooney have confirmed their participation. However, the BCCI has made a start with the exhibition match. Last year, Raj led her team to the final of the Women's World Cup, where they lost a close final to England. The hosts eventually won 2-1.

India will be looking to launch a woman's IPL within the next three years, Committee of Administrators head Vinod Rai said on Tuesday.

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"Long long-term, I see a T20 franchise as owning players, and I don't see them releasing those players to play for their nation in a test match", McCullum added in the interview.

With a plethora of domestic tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Big Bash League (BBL) dedicated to Twenty20 cricket, McCullum admitted that the clock is ticking in regards to Test cricket going extinct.

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McCullum, who's part of Royal Challengers Bangalore squad in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League, had retired from global cricket back in 2016 and just plays franchise cricket now. The match will begin at 2pm IST and will be telecast across the world, unlike India's most-recent assignment - the ODI series against England - which was limited to a livestream on the BCCI website.

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