BCCI Urges The Selectors To Create A Pool Of Women’s Players For The Women’s Indian Premier League

Women's Challenger Trophy
Women’s Challenger Trophy. Image Credits: Twitter

The BCCI is all set to host the first edition of the Women’s IPL in March 2023, ahead of the Men’s IPL, which will take place in late March and early April this year. Furthermore, this was the first tournament of its kind, and the board asked the selectors to build a pool of women’s players for the tournament.

According to Cricbuzz, the pool will consist of both Indian and foreign players. The BCCI has given permission to prepare the tender for the franchise auction and media rights, which are both scheduled to be released soon. The franchise auction will take place after the media rights tender, the reports states further.

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Women’s IPL. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Franchise Will Pay The Ownership Fees To The BCCI Over A Period Of Five Years

In 2007-08, the most expensive franchise in the Indian Premier League was the Mumbai Indians, which was sold for USD 111.9 million (approximately Rs. 446 crores) at Rs. 40 per dollar. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has estimated that the women’s IPL franchise will be sold for Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1500 crore. But no one is ready to talk officially about these predictions.

“The winning franchise will pay the ownership fees to the BCCI over a period of five years in equal instalments and continue to own the property for perpetuity, like in the men’s IPL.”

The BCCI has invited existing men’s IPL franchise owners to participate in the bidding, although the tender process is open to any and all investors who meet the cricket board’s minimum eligibility criteria. If the existing IPL franchise owner’s bid and the new investor’s bid match, it is not certain that the existing franchise owner will be preferred.

The Indian women’s cricket team has been performing exceptionally well in recent times. They finished second in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2022 and whitewashed England women 3-0 in an ODI series in England. Harmanpreet Kaur’s India women won the Asia Cup for the seventh time, beating Sri Lanka by eight wickets in a one-sided final.

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