Last Update on: September 26th, 2023 at 12:31 pm
The inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) has not only boosted women’s cricket but has also made BCCI richer. The BCCI finally launched the WPL this year. A total of five teams participated in the inaugural edition of the WPL. All the games were held in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.
It all began in 2018 when the BCCI held a single-match Women’s T20 challenge. It was then expanded to a three-team competition and was held in 2019, 2020, and 2022. Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Giants, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and UP Warriorz took part in the WPL 2023. Mumbai Indians won the first edition by beating Delhi Capitals in the final.
BCCI earns big from WPL:
The BCCI earned a whopping revenue of Rs 377.49 crores from the inaugural season of the WPL, according to a report in The Times of India. The figures were disclosed during the Annual General Meeting of the BCCI in Goa on Monday (September 25). As per the BCCI treasurer Ashish Shelar’s report for the financial year 2022-23, the surplus from the WPL accounted for 6% of the BCCI’s total income for the 2022-23 financial year.
As far as the IPL is concerned, it contributed to 37% of the share of the BCCI’s income. The richest cricket board in the world earned 38% of its income from the sale of media rights, and 10% from men’s senior international tours. As per Shelar’s report, the BCCI earned an income of Rs 6,558.80 crore for the financial year 2022-23, compared to an income of Rs 4,360.57 crore generated in the financial year 2021-22.
“This is to bring to your notice that due to Covid 19, the cricketing season in 20-21 was cut down to only three tournaments. The domestic season of 2022-22 was at full strength except a few junior tournaments, like Under 16, etc. However, the year 2022-23 brought back all the hopes and confidence to conduct the entire domestic season with enthusiasm,” Shelar told the members of the state associations.
“The baton handed over to me by my predecessors in a very healthy financial position and I will make sure that it grows stronger as time passes to see in a position and where the BCCI stands today is a result of collective effort by all the ex and present officials.
“The broad horizon of vision in the form of leadership along with strong commitment of all members of the BCCI has taken the sport of cricket to such a respectable height in a span of very few years. The dedication and determination put in by the BCCI has made sure that the BCCI remains ethically and financially strong at all times. The BCCI has proved to the sports world how standard can be maintained in all situations (sic),” Shelar said in his report.