“Keeping That Option Open”: Mithali Raj On Playing In Women’s IPL

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Former India captain Mithali Raj announced she would retire from international cricket this year, and now she has been candid about Women’s IPL, which is likely to start next year, and says she will retain the option to play in the tournament. Raj announced the end of a stunning 23-year international career last month, finishing with 7,805 ODI runs in 232 matches averaging just over 50. She scored 2,364 runs in 89 T20Is, as well as 699 runs in 12 tests, including a century and four half centuries.

“It would be great to be a part of the inaugural edition of the Women’s IPL,” Raj said in her talk on the ICC’s 100% Cricket Podcast.

“I’m keeping that option open; I haven’t decided yet. There are still a few months to go before the women’s IPL takes place,” she added.

Mithali finished her career as the undisputed top scorer in ODI cricket, with 1,813 runs between her and the second highest on the list, former England captain and legend Charlotte Edwards.

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About the 100% Cricket Podcast, Mithali said: “I am delighted to be a part of the 100% Cricket Podcast project. It is a commendable initiative by the ICC to raise awareness of women’s cricket.

“The overarching 100% Cricket Year of Women’s Cricket campaign has not only increased the visibility, but also the openness of women’s cricket. Ambitious ideas require boldness and determination and I am honored to be part of such an important project,” she added.

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