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Women IPL - A Shift in Power
Feb 3, 2023, 1:36:00 AM

Women IPL - A Shift in Power

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that this year, women will have their own version of the men's IPL. The planning has begun, and the board has asked the men's Frenchies to take charge of the women's teams, too.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) expects to make a lot of money from the first season of the Women's Indian Premier League (WIPL). This is because over 30 companies want to own a team in the league. Five teams will be in the WIPL, and all 10 IPL franchises and other interested companies will compete to own them. Companies like Haldiram, Infosys, Shriram Group, Manchester United, Adanis, and the current owners of IPL teams are all in the running.

List of Teams and Owners for the Women's IPL 2023

The names of the teams haven't been made public yet. Sources say that the 5 teams will be divided into zones, and the names will be announced soon after. We have been paying close attention. We will soon tell you the teams' new names, owners, and players.

Technical bids were put in on January 23. The board will look at the technical bids by January 24.

Argus Partners, a law firm in Mumbai, will look at the technical bids for the BCCI.

Parties that the BCCI has approved will be asked to submit Financial BIDS by January 25.

Experts in the market say that each team should spend "between 500 and 600 crore INR."

All three companies—Adani, Haldirams, and Torrent Pharma—have shown interest.

The Teams 

Ahmedabad – Adani: Rs 1289 Cr

Mumbai – Reliance (MI): Rs 912 Cr

Bangalore – Diageo (RCB): Rs 901 CrDelhi - JSW GMR (DC): Rs 810 Cr

Lucknow - Capri Global: Rs 757 Cr

WIPL 2023: Player List and Date of Auction

Once everything is set in stone, BCCI will sign up players from all over the world. Unlike the men's IPL, a women's team can have up to 5 players from outside the country, with the 5th player coming from an ICC-affiliated country.

Mithali Raj & Gujarat Giants 

Mithali Raj has been named the team mentor for the Women's IPL team Gujarat Giants. Even though Raj wanted to be a player, she jumped at the chance to become a coach for the first season. The first WPL season will run from March to April. A player auction will be held on February 11.

"The Women's Premier League's first season is great for women's cricket. The fact that the Adani Group is involved is also a huge boost for the sport. Cricket for women is getting bigger and bigger. The former captain of the Indian Women's National Cricket Team, Ms. Mithali Raj, said this kind of push would make young women think about playing cricket professionally.

Start of the Change 

On December 11, there was a T20 International at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. About 47,000 people were there. Only because it was the second T20I between the women's teams of Australia and India and the number of people had gone up from the first T20I, which had about 25,000 people at the same venue, makes the number interesting.

The crowd got what they paid for. After India caught up to Australia's 187-run target, the game was tied, but a one-over eliminator gave India the win. But the away team won the series 4-1.

For Rs 951 crore, starting in 2023, the BCCI has sold the media rights to Viacom 18. BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that, after the IPL, the WPL would be the second most valuable cricket league (Indian Premier League).

Like any other sport, women's cricket has grown because of its players and its results. The 2017 ODI World Cup final was between India and England. India lost by nine runs, but getting to the final sparked a lot of interest in the team that hasn't gone away.

The WPL does give India more power in women's cricket, just like the IPL gave India more power in men's cricket, making the BCCI the most powerful player in the field. But the WPL also gives women's cricket a bigger audience and more sponsors, and it helps sportswomen make more money. Long ignored in favor of men, it gives women a chance to compete on an equal level with men, like in tennis and badminton.

The players are now easy to recognize because they have been on magazine covers and in TV ads. Shafali Verma is ranked eighth in the ICC (International Cricket Council) T20I batting rankings, while Smriti Mandhana is third. Mandhana was recently on the cover of Vogue magazine. Deepti Sharma is the third best bowler, followed by Renuka Singh and Sneh Rana. Sharma is also the number two all-around player.

Mithali Raj has been replaced as India's most well-known woman cricketer by the magical Mandhana, who was the best ODI batter in 2019. Harmanpreet Kaur was the first Indian to sign a Big Bash League contract with Sydney Thunder in Australia. She was also a leader in endorsements and ad campaigns.

The number of teams in the WPL shows how popular this sport is in the country, which is a good sign for the sport's growth worldwide.