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From Adani Sportsline to Royal Challengers: BCCI announces successful bidders for Women’s Premier League

A total of Rs 4669.99 crores have been bid in the auctions for the ownership rights of the five teams.

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New Delhi: BCCI has announced the successful bidders for the Women’s Premier League. A total of Rs 4669.99 crores have been bid in the auctions for the ownership rights of the five teams. The five franchises include the cities of Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow and Bengaluru.

While there was an ongoing Women’s T20 Challenge with three teams in India and the upcoming league was speculated to be called Women’s IPL, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah cleared that the league has been named Women’s Premier League. Jay Shah also informed that the combined bid broke the record of the inaugural Men’s IPL and called it a ‘revolution in women’s cricket’.

Adani Sportline with a team for Ahmedabad emerged as the biggest bidders with Rs 1289 crores, followed by Indiawin Sports at Rs 912.99 crores, Royal Challengers Sports at Rs 901 crores, JSW GMR Cricket at Rs 810 crores and Capri Global Holdings at Rs 757 crores.

Meanwhile, the media rights for the league were bought by Viacom 18 at Rs 951 crores, which makes it Rs 7.09 crores per match for the next five years.

This announcement comes as a big boost for women’s cricket in India as not only senior, but young players will get a chance to experience international-level cricket. Women’s T20 Challenge, though at a small scale, gave India players like KP Nagvire, Devika Vaidya and others, while this new league has more potential for a talent hunt.

The dates for the WPL have not been announced by BCCI yet.

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