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The Women’s Premier League (WPL) will hold its maiden season from March 4 to March 26. The BCCI confirmed that the first season will be held solely at two sites in Mumbai: the Brabourne Stadium and the DY Patil Stadium, in an email sent to the five WPL franchises on Monday.
February 13 is the scheduled date for the WPL player auction.
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Hemang Amin, the CEO of BCCI, also announced the player auction will take place on February 13 in Mumbai in the email. Amin announced that 1500 participants had signed up and that the final roster would be made public later this week. At the auction, a maximum of 90 individuals may be purchased, with each squad containing between 15 and 18 players.
With a March 4 start date, the Women’s Premier League will get underway eight days after the Women’s T20 World Cup, which concludes on February 26 in South Africa. The BCCI opted to restrict the first season to Mumbai in order to lessen the logistical difficulties for players and coaches traveling from South Africa to India.
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The women’s Premier League has already made news for becoming the most lucrative women’s cricket league:
The auction is also scheduled to take place three days after the World Cup kicks off on February 10; Sophie Devine, the captain of New Zealand, called it the “elephant in the room.”
Based on the money made by the BCCI from the sale of broadcast rights and franchise ownership rights, the Women’s Premier League has already gained attention for becoming the most lucrative competition in women’s cricket.
The BCCI announced on January 16 that it has sold the Women’s Premier League media rights to Viacom for INR 951 crore (about USD 116.7 million) for the period of 2023 to 2027. On January 25, it sold the five franchises for a combined INR 4669.99 crore (USD 572.78 million approx).
The inaugural season will have 22 games, with the top-ranked team in the league stage advancing directly to the final. The second and third-placed teams will compete for a spot in the championship game.
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