“Playing in the women’s IPL is an option I am keeping open for myself,” Mithali Raj drops hints she might withdraw her retirement

Mithali Raj, after the conclusion of India's campaign in ODI World Cup earlier this year, had announced her retirement from all forms of cricket

The former Indian women’s team captain Mithali Raj has said that the possibility of her withdrawing her retirement and playing in the first season of women’s IPL is still there.


Mithali Raj had announced her retirement from all forms of cricket sometime back and had said that she was looking forward to her post-retirement life. Mithali had also said if an opportunity arises, she would like to have a gig in cricket administration.

But, recently while Mithali was speaking on ICC’s podcast named cricket 100%, she confirmed that she has not completely shut the option of withdrawing her retirement and playing again in the first season of women’s IPL, because it would be a special tournament, particularly the inaugural edition of it.


The first season of women’s IPL might come into shape next year, however, BCCI is yet to make an official announcement about it. They have not even released the tender for the auction of the ownership of the franchises, nor have they given the existing IPL franchise owners an option to buy a women’s team.

But, things are reportedly in pipeline and a lot of action can be expected in the next few months regarding women’s IPL. As far as Mithali is concerned, she said on the ICC podcast that her life hasn’t quite slowed down after retiring from cricket.

I have not yet experienced how post-retirement life feels like: Mithali Raj

Mithali revealed that after she announced her retirement, she had COVID and then she got busy in various promotional events for her biopic that has been released now. So, her life has been busy and she hasn’t yet experienced what post-retirement life feels like.


Mithali is expecting that her schedule would be less hectic in a few months’ time and she would be able to experience post-retirement life properly, but playing in the women’s IPL is an option that she is keeping open for herself.




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