Ever since the seeding of Women’s Premier League (WPL) teams, the cricket world has been awaiting the schedule of this new high-profile Indian league. Now the clocks of this wait seem to have ended. In this episode, Arun Dhumal, Chairman of the Governing Council of the Indian Premier League (IPL), made a big announcement on Monday. Revealing the dates for the first season of the Women’s Premier League, he said it will be played in Mumbai from March 4-26.
All matches will be held in Mumbai
The IPL president said that the Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai will host all matches of the Women’s Premier League. The first match of the tournament is expected to be played between the Gujarat Giants-owned franchise and the Mumbai Indians.
player auction on february 13 in mumbai
Dhumal also confirmed that the WPL player auction will take place in Mumbai on February 13, one day after India’s match against Pakistan in the T20 Women’s World Cup. Let us tell you that around 1500 players have registered for the auction in the league and the final list is expected to be released later this week. In the player auction to be held next month, each team will have Rs 12 crore and will have to buy a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 18 players. In the Women’s Premier League, each team may field a total of five foreign players, including one from an Associate Member Nation, in the Playing XI during a match. A total of 22 games will be played in the inaugural season with the best teams from the league phase qualifying directly for the final. The second and third place teams will compete for a spot in the title match.
A total of five teams will participate in the first season of WPL. Of these five teams, the owners of the IPL teams Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals bought three franchises. The remaining two teams have been bought by Capri Global Holdings (Lucknow) and Adani Sportsline.
second largest league in the world
The auction of the five Women’s Premier League teams fetched a total of Rs 4669.99 crore and the Cricket Board of Control in India sold the broadcast rights to the tournament for Rs 951 crore. In this way, the WPL has become the second largest league in the world after the IPL.
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