More than 30 companies are interested in buying teams in the Women’s Indian Premier League (WIPL) as per reports in Cricbuzz. The various companies have taken the Invitation To Tender (ITT) document that makes them eligible to buy teams in the mega event.
The companies that have shown interest in buying teams are Shriram Group, Nilgiri Group, and AW Katkuri Group companies which are based in Chennai. Apart from them, companies like APL Appolo and Haldirams are also interested.
Popular Companies Vying To Buy WIPL Teams
Two cement companies in Chettinad Cement and JK Cement have also shown their interest in buying WIPL teams. If they manage to crack the deal they will be the third cement company along with India Cements to own a team in the domestic T20 cricket league. India Cements are owners of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) led by MS Dhoni in the IPL.
The BCCI previously stated that the auction for the WIPL teams will be held on January 25 in Mumbai. Meanwhile, owners of the Delhi Capitals the GMR Group and JSW Group have taken two separate ITTs and are willing to buy two Women’s IPL teams separately. The distribution of the ITTs will close in the next 24 hours. The player auction for the Women’s IPL will reportedly be held in February.
Viacom 18 won the media rights for the Women’s IPL for Rs 950 crores for five years with 7.09 crores per game. According to a statement by the BCCI, they would be earning 125 crores in the first year from the media rights sale. The value is expected to rise up to 162.15 crores in the subsequent year.
22 Matches To Be Played In First Edition Of Women’s IPL
A total of 22 games are expected to be played in the inaugural edition of the Women’s IPL. 20 games will be played in the group stage as each team will play the other twice and the table topper will qualify directly for the final. Also, the second and third-placed teams will play an Eliminator to determine the second finalist.
BCCI has allowed a team to field 5 overseas players in the playing 11 where 1 overseas player needs to be from an Associate nation. The Women’s IPL 2023 would become an International league due to this rule by the BCCI which will take Women’s Cricket to the next level.