As per the press release from BCCI, it says, "The one-of-its-kind match featuring 26 players including 10 global stars from Australia, England and New Zealand will be played ahead of the VIVO IPL 2018 Qualifier 1".
"The opportunity to play ahead of the men's IPL match, it was hard to turn that down", said New Zealand's Sophie Devine, who was announced for the match.
Shedding more light on the objective of the match, for presenting a canvas for Women's T20 tournament in India, CoA chairman Vinod Rai stated, "This is being staged as a well-deserved exhibition to showcase the tremendous depth and capability that women's cricket in India has achieved".
The star players of the Indian team will rub the shoulders with some of the best foreign cricketers in the shortest format. We were in talks with several Boards and I am pleased with the outcome. "Danielle Wyatt and Daniel Hazell will add the English flavour".
The women's game has seen a wave of popularity in the country following the national team's run to the final of World Cup a year ago.
This development comes in the backdrop of BCCI and CoA mulling a potential T20 league for Women cricketers in India. BCCI has been pulling out all stops to promote and nurture women's cricket and this is a small yet significant step towards a prospective league involving women's stars in the future.
Women cricketers from the around the world will descend upon Mumbai on April 22 for the Indian Premier League-style women's T20 challenge match, ahead of the opening play-off game of the IPL.