Women’s IPL has been launched by BCCI on the lines of IPL which will be known as WPL Women’s Premier League.
Announcing this, BCCI Secretary Jai Shah said that “Today is a historic day in cricket as the bidding for teams of inaugural #WPL broke the records of the inaugural Men’s IPL in 2008! Congratulations to the winners as we garnered Rs.4669.99 Cr in total bid. This marks the beginning of a revolution in women’s cricket and paves the”.
Happy with the franchise auction, BCCI secretary Jayesh Aane called it “another red letter day” while Dhumal called it “a historic day” for both the BCCI and the IPL brand.
Owners of men’s IPL teams Mumbai, Indians Delhi Capital, Royal Challenge Bangalore as well as Adani Group and Capri Group have won bids to own franchises of five IPL women’s teams and the tournament has been renamed as Women’s Premier League.
The women’s teams respectively will be as follows: Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Lucknow and Ahmedabad.
Women’s Premier League (WPL): Franchisee Auction
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The auction took place in Mumbai on Wednesday and the franchisee winners were identified after the sealed envelopes were opened. BCCI received a record income of 4669.99 crores from this auction.
A total of 17 institutions had deposited advance amount for the bid for this auction program on Wednesday and 16 institutions participated in the auction process at the time of the auction program.
In this, the Lucknow team was sold for the lowest price of Rs 757 crore, while the Ahmedabad team was sold for the highest price of Rs 1289 crore. Apart from these, Mumbai Indian was sold for 912.99 crores, Bangalore 901 crores and Delhi 810 crores.
Women's premier league is now the 2nd most expensive cricket league, after men's ipl, Big thanks to @BCCI and @JayShah sir. #wpl pic.twitter.com/0MaMbTESGF— Pooja Vastrakar (@Vastrakarp25) January 25, 2023
Women’s Premier League (WPL) Players Auction: Likely To Be February First Week
IPL chairman Dhumal informed that the auction of players will also be organized soon. According to sources, Jai Shah has suggested to hold the auction of players in the first week of February itself.
Women’s Premier League (WPL): What Said IPL Chairman ?
IPL chairman Arun Dhumal said that the onus is on our shoulders to work extra hard to repay the trust reposed in the BCCI. Bring the Women’s Premier League at par with the Men’s IPL and we will leave no stone unturned as we have done the same in the Men’s IPL.
Talking further, Dhumal said that we hope that BCCI will organize WPL soon and it is expected that it will be organized soon after the Women’s T20 World Cup in the month of February.
Let us tell you that in the month of January itself, BCCI had sold the media rights of Women’s IPL to Viacom 18, from which BCCI earned revenue of 951 crores for a period of 5 years.
When in 2008 the BCCI received US$ 720 million for selling the first set of franchises of 8 teams in the men’s IPL, which was 28942 crores in Indian currency.
Women’s Premier League (WPL): What Said MI Owner ?
Mumbai Indian owner Nita Ambani said Kiran is a historic moment for Indian women’s cricket and has come as a joy to us women cricketers.
Indian women cricketers have always made the country proud be it World Cup, Asian Games or Commonwealth Games. This league will further enhance the talent of Indian women players as well as highlight India’s female talent and potential in the world.
Akash Ambani, co-founder of Mumbai Indians, said, “We look forward to seeing the women’s team excel in our endeavors and inspire future generations of female athletes.
Women’s Premier League (WPL): What Said RCB Owner ?
RCB Vice President Rajesh also said that we are following the women’s cricket league very closely. We have been eyeing the cricketer for quite some time now. And we are delighted that we have introduced an IPL edition for women as well.
Women’s Premier League (WPL): What Said BCCI President ?
BCCI President Roger Binny while talking on women’s cricket said that I am surprised to see their game, they have done consistently well. I am surprised to see the improvement in their level since last 5 years because we all know that we did not expect this from Indian women cricketers, they have proved us wrong.
Roger Binny further added that India’s corporates are willing to spend on women’s cricket and the crowds that come.
You must have seen that when the T20 series between India and Australia took place in Mumbai, there was a huge crowd of spectators in the stadium ground and in view of this, the BCCI is hopeful that the spectators will show their interest in the same way in the WPL.