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General News Wankhede set to host Women's T20 exhibition on May 22
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has put plans in place for a Women's T20 exhibition game to be played on May 22 before the IPL Qualifier 1 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. It is understood that the match will follow IPL-style rules, with up to four overseas players allowed to be picked in the playing XI.

This development comes in the backdrop of BCCI and CoA mulling a potential T20 league for Women cricketers in India. Present and former Indian cricketers, including Mithali Raj have spoken out, asking for a tournament along the lines of IPL.

Cricbuzz understands that international heavyweights like Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine from New Zealand, Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy from Australia, and Danielle Wyatt have provisionally accepted to play in the game. South Africa's cricketers are unlikely to partake in the game with their ongoing home series against Bangladesh set to run until May 20.

"This is being staged as a well-deserved exhibition to showcase the tremendous depth and capability that women's cricket in India has achieved. We see it build into a women's IPL tournament in a couple of years." CoA chief Vinod Rai was quoted as saying by The Indian Express on May 12 (Saturday).

Diana Edulji, the member of COA, said that the game will be televised and in addition to it, follow rules based on IPL. "It will be on the lines of the IPL. Totally there will be 10 foreign players and 20 Indian players across both teams. The Indian players will be picked by the national selection committee and the game, which will start at 2.30 pm, will be shown live."

"The idea was to promote women's cricket and keep the momentum going. This is just to start and show that we can have a women's IPL from next season. It's just a thought. The IPL GC have sanctioned this exhibition game and now at least we will come to know the mood around women's cricket." she further added.

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