Suzie Bates, a New Zealand all-rounder, has advocated for a Women’s Indian Premier League (IPL), claiming that it will assist elevate the status of the women’s game and aid in the general development of all cricketers.
In an interview with ANI, sponsored by Amazon Prime Video, Bates discussed her expectations for the forthcoming Women’s 50-over World Cup, World Cup favourites, and how soon a Women’s IPL should be launched.
“I believe that every international women’s cricketer will endorse the Women’s IPL.” They did begin with exhibition matches prior to COVID-19, and it was an absolute delight to be a part of those. “I would love to see a Women’s IPL start because it will provide women cricketers the opportunity to play in front of Indian fans,” Bates remarked.
“I believe it will benefit the Indian women’s team’s depth, which they have begun to develop, and as a player, it is wonderful to see franchise cricket get underway.” “The Women’s IPL is a critical tournament that is now absent in the women’s game,” she continued.
The future Women’s World Cup will begin on March 4, 2022, at the Bay Oval in Tauranga, with New Zealand hosting West Indies in the tournament opener. Prior to the event, New Zealand (White Ferns) will face India in one T20I and five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) beginning February 9.
“Sure, absolutely. There is no getting around the fact that a home World Cup adds extra pressure since the entire country expects you to perform well. We’ve discussed it as a group, and I think we’re excited about the possibility. We’ve never competed in a home World Cup in New Zealand. “We’re excited about it, and we’re not afraid about the pressure that comes with it,” Bates added.
“We couldn’t have had better preparation. We’ve recently played England and Australia, two of the finest teams in the world, so it’s nice to get a shot against India. They’ve played in the last two World Cup finals, and we’re delighted to play them in our home stadium. In my perspective, having five One-Day Internationals before a World Cup is ideal. “We know we’ll be tested in every aspect of the game,” the 34-year-old stated.
“As much as it bothers me to say it, hard-looking beyond Australia and you know, they had not done as well as they would have liked to in 2017,” the all-rounder said of the World Cup favourites. They won the T20 World Cup 2020 and have players who enjoy playing in New Zealand, so they will be among the favourites.”
When asked about Mithali Raj, Bates stated, “Mithali Raj is a gaming legend.” My first series was against India, and it was an experience I will never forget. Mithali Raj was one of the best players I’d ever seen live, and her longevity is an inspiration to me. Her ability to produce runs on a consistent basis is impressive. Mithali and Jhulan Goswami are game legends. They have a legacy, and I’m sure I’ll catch up with them.
After years of being India’s most popular entertainment site, Amazon Prime Video will launch live cricket streaming on January 1, 2022.
“I just believe that having Indian series on Amazon Prime would provide an option for people to watch women’s cricket, and we will get more and more followers.” The distinction between televising ICC events and franchise cricket has already been demonstrated. Because I enjoy cricket, I would have to say that I enjoy both of the documentaries on the platform about the Australian cricket team. “It’s fascinating to witness behind-the-scenes film of a cricket team,” Bates said.