Guwahati: The Women’s Premier League’s successful bidders were announced by the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) on Wednesday.
For the Women’s IPL, BCCI got a total bid of Rs 4669.99 crore, which was higher than for the Men’s IPL in 2008.
The Adani Group, Capri Global, and the owners of the men’s IPL clubs Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, and Royal Challengers Bangalore won bids to purchase the five women’s IPL franchises following the auction held in anticipation of the tournament’s inaugural season, which will take place in March of this year.
The teams’ respective home bases will be in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, and Lucknow. No Women’s IPL teams from Chennai and Kolkata.
The auction, which was held earlier today in Mumbai and in which the winners were revealed following the opening of sealed bids, netted the BCCI a record amount of Rs 466.99 crore.
The announcement was confirmed in a tweet by Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary.
“Today is a historic day in cricket as the bidding for teams of the 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 way for a transformative journey ahead not only for our women cricketers but for the entire sports fraternity. The #WPL would bring necessary reforms in women’s cricket and would ensure an all-encompassing ecosystem that benefits each and every stakeholder. The @BCCI has named the league – Women’s Premier League (WPL). Let the journey begin,” tweeted Jay Shah.
The player auction will take place in the first week of February, and each franchise will receive a purse of approximately Rs 12 crore (USD 1.46 million approx.) per franchise.