The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has confirmed five franchise sets that will qualify for the first season of the Women’s Premier League in 2023.
Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Lucknow have been announced as five successful host cities, with bids from their respective owners totaling £465 million, including around one share of the Ahmedabad franchise from Adani Group. Includes top bid of £28m.
Among the owners are the five bodies currently overseeing the IPL’s Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore franchises ahead of the T20-style tournament that kicks off in March.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah said: “Today is a historic day for cricket, with the first WPL team bid breaking the 2008 first men’s IPL record.
“This is the beginning of a revolution in women’s cricket and paves the way for a transformative journey not just for women’s cricketers, but for the sport as a whole.”
The introduction of the tournament answers the demands of the women’s competition, which has seen the three-team women’s T20 challenge match the men’s IPL since 2018.
BCCI President Roger Binney said: Include more female cricketers.
“I would also like to congratulate the BCCI team for running the auction process smoothly. I am confident that this league will help women cricketers shine on the world stage.”
BCCI has already sold the media rights to the tournament over the next five years to Viacom 18 for $117 million, equating to a per-game value of $870,393.
“This is a historic moment for Indian cricket and we are delighted to be a part of it,” said Mumbai Indians, who also own teams in the men’s T20 tournament in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. said Nita Ambani of