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BCCI Announce Successful Bidders for Women’s Premier League Teams | Cricket

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced all five franchises of the ‘Women’s Premier League’ – the inaugural edition of the India’s Women’s T20 League. Adani Sporstline, Royal Challengers and JSW are among the team bid winners.

“BCCI announces the successful bidders for Women’s Premier League. The combined bid valuation is INR 4669.99 Cr. A look at the five owned franchises for #WPL,” the BCCI wrote on Twitter.

The five cities that will feature in the opening edition of the Women’s Premier League are Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi and Lucknow. The Ahmedabad franchise was acquired by India’s leading business conglomerate Adani Group, through its sports venture Adani Sportsline Pvt Ltd. The Ahmedabad team also got the highest bid with INR 1289 crore.

Indiawin Sports Pvt Ltd – part of the Reliance Group which also owns Mumbai Indians in the men’s Indian Premier League – bought the Mumbai franchise for a whopping INR 912.99 crores. Similarly, the Royal Challengers group that owns the men’s team in Bengaluru also won the bid for the city in the women’s edition of the T20 competition, spending INR 901 crores.

A similar trend also followed for the Delhi franchise, where the JSW group – owners of the Capitals team in men’s tournaments – successfully won the bid for INR 810 crore.

Capri Global, meanwhile, are the new entrants as they have spent INR 757 crores to acquire the Lucknow franchise.

Earlier, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah had confirmed that the women’s T20 league – widely speculated as the ‘Women’s IPL’ – is officially called the Women’s Premier League (WPL). In a series of tweets, Shah also revealed that the bids for the WPL broke the records set by his male counterpart in 2008.

“Today is a historic day in cricket as the team bidding of inaugural #WPL broke records set in the inaugural men’s IPL in 2008! Congratulations to the winners as we have collected Rs.4669.99 Cr in total bid,” Shah tweeted.

This marks the beginning of a revolution in women’s cricket and paves the way for a transformative journey ahead, not just for our female cricketers, but for the entire sporting association. The #WPL would bring needed reforms to women’s cricket and would ensure an inclusive ecosystem that benefits every stakeholder.

“The @BCCI has named the league as Women’s Premier League (WPL). Let the journey begin…” Shah tweeted.

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