This is a historic partnership, as for the first time a sponsor has signed with BCCI exclusively for the women?s matches, said the board in a media release.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said: ?As BCCI grows the game of cricket across all formats, one key area of focus has been to grow the women?s game. We hope the Jio Women?s T20 Challenge will inspire more young girls to take up the sport and give parents the confidence that playing cricket is a great career opportunity for their daughters.?
IPL 2020 FULL COVERAGE | IPL 2020 SCHEDULE | IPL 2020 POINTS TABLE
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said: ?We look forward to seeing the great women?s sports stories that will be shared as a result of this initiative. We want to support and create concrete ways to grow the pipeline of women talent in cricket.?
?Our goal with the Women?s T20 Challenge is to build a pathway to a dedicated Women?s? IPL. Signing an exclusive title sponsor for the Women?s T20 Challenge, is a great testament to the property, allowing it to be self-sustainable,? he added.
IPL 2020 ORANGE CAP | IPL 2020 PURPLE CAP
Nita Ambani, chairperson and founder of the Reliance Foundation, said: ?My heartiest congratulations to BCCI for organising the Women?s T20 Challenge. This is a progressive step towards the growth of women?s cricket in India. I am delighted to offer my full support for this wonderful initiative.?
?I have immense faith in the potential and capabilities of all our sportswomen. Indian women cricketers have made the country proud with their outstanding achievements in ICC events over the last couple of years. Our aim is to ensure that we offer the best of infrastructure, training and rehab facilities to our girls. Players like Anjum, Mithali, Smriti, Harmanpreet and Poonam are great role models. I wish them and every member of the Indian women?s squad even greater success and glory in their journey ahead,? she added.
Also Read: Rishabh Pant Struggled in IPL 13 Because of ?How he Arrived?, Says Moody
An extension of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Women?s T20 Challenge will be played between three franchises ? Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity led by Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj respectively.
Get all the IPL news and Cricket Score here(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed - IANS)