Harmanpreet Kaur is optimistic that a women’s IPL would be launched sooner rather than later, after becoming the first Indian to be crowned WBBL Player of the Tournament after a stellar season with the Melbourne Renegades. For the tournament, the India T20I captain scored 399 runs at an average of 66.50 and a strike rate of 135.25, including three match-winning half-centuries. She was the Renegades’ leading run-scorer and wicket-taker, taking 15 wickets at an economy rate of 7.46 while bowling a lot of crucial powerplay and death overs.

Under a 3-2-1 voting system used by the standing umpires after each match, she was named Player of the Match three times and received 31 votes. Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine of the Perth Scorchers finished three votes ahead of her. Harmanpreet joins Devine and Amy Satterthwaite as the third international player to win the WBBL Player of the Tournament award. She believed it would serve as another stepping stone toward the creation of a women’s IPL in the near future.

“I think we’ve been looking at this for a long time, and I’m hoping that this women’s IPL will start sooner rather than later, and we’ll welcome abroad players to share their knowledge with our home players,” Harmanpreet said. “I believe this is something we have all been waiting for, and I am hopeful that it will begin soon. Performance is something we can control, and that’s what we’ve been doing, but the rest is entirely in the hands of the BCCI and the cricket board. We can’t do anything additional on that, but we can make a request, which is what we’ve done for years. They know more than we do. They know when to start and how to do it, and they’re thinking about it, and I’m confident they’ll come up with something for women’s cricket.”