New Delhi: The Indian Premier League (IPL) owners Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals along with Adani Group and Capri Global had won the bid to own five women’s IPL teams.
The inaugural women’s cricket league in India will be played in March. Before even bowling a single ball in the league, the women’s IPL has already collected a stunning revenue, fetching a record sum of INR 4669.99 crore.
The Ahmedabad based franchise was sold for the highest price INR 1,289 crore, followed by Mumbai (INR 912.99 crore), Bengaluru (INR 901 crore), Delhi (INR 810 crore).
The Women’s IPL is being named as the Women Premier League.
𝐁𝐂𝐂𝐈 𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐛𝐢𝐝𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧’𝐬 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐠𝐮𝐞.
The combined bid valuation is INR 4669.99 Cr
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 25, 2023
Jay Shah congratulates the bid winners
The Board of Control for Control Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah congratulated the bidder through Twiiter, calling it a “historic day”.
“Today is a historic day in cricket as the bidding for teams of inaugural Women’s Premier League 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,” Jay Shah tweeted.
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
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) January 25, 2023
Auction is likely to be in first week of February
The Women’s Premier League will soon start after the ongoing Women’s T20 World Cup, which is hosted by South Africa.
“With regard to [the venues for the] first season, we are still talking,” Dhumal said. “That is work in progress. We will have to see logistical challenges involved in case it [WPL] has to be multi-city value or single-city value,” Arun Dhumal, the chairman of the IPL.
Nita Ambani and Akash Ambani said WPL will inspire female cricketers
“This is a historic moment for Indian cricket, and we are delighted to be a part of it,” Nita Ambani, co-owner of Mumbai Indians, said in a statement.
“India’s women cricketers have always made the nation proud in the global sporting arena – be it the World Cup, Asian Cup or the recent Commonwealth Games. This new women’s league will once again shine a global spotlight on the talent, power, and potential of our girls,” she signed off.
“I’m sure our Women’s MI team will take the Mumbai Indians brand of fearless and entertaining cricket to a new level altogether,” co-owner Akash Ambani said.
“As we bring the MI experience and best practices into the women’s game, we look forward to seeing our women’s team excel and inspire future generations of female athletes,” Akash Ambani added.
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