Finally, the Womens IPL (WIPL 2023) is set to begin in March 2023. The tournament is between the five teams that will play against each other two times in the tournament.
Women’s cricket is now been given emphasis for the last few years as the BCCI is doing every possible thing for Women’s cricket to reach far and wide.
In that process, the BCCI is now coming up with the Women’s IPL (WIPL 2023) with a proposed five-team tournament.
A lot of talk about WIPL since 2017
Ever since Womens Indian cricket team started doing well, the demand for Womens IPL has gone up. Indian team reached the final of the World Cup in 2017 and 2020. Since then, there has been a talk about the Womens IPL.
The BCCI is conducting the Womens T20 Challenge with the three teams in the tournament. But there are a lot of discussions about the Womens IPL since 2017.
Now is the time for the BCCI to organize WIPL 2023 as then BCCI president S Ganguly announced about the Womens IPL last year in February. In August 2022, they decided on the March window for the WIPL 2023.
Now, the BCCI invites bids for teams
BCCI has now invited bids for owning and operating teams in the WIPL 2023. After paying an Rs. 5 lahks non-refundable deposit, the request for bids will be made available. Purchases can be made up until January 21, 2023.
A lot of corporate houses have shown interest in buying a team in Womens IPL. It includes existing franchises in the Men’s IPL (Indian Premier League) like Rajasthan Royals (RR), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Punjab Kings (PBKS), Mumbai Indians (MI), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
There is a lot of interest in owning a WIPL team from existing IPL franchises as well as new players,” A Dhumal told ET.
In a note, BCCI said, “To have a good balance of domestic & international players and to have competitive teams, it has been tentatively decided to have five teams for WIPL. Each team can comprise a maximum of eighteen players where no team can have more than six overseas players.”
The BCCI also said that the home-away format is not possible due to the lesser teams (5) in the competition. “Like IPL it will be a challenge to play in the home-away format in WIPL, as with five to six teams it is not possible to have a match every day.
More about the Womens IPL (WIPL 2023)
The tournament will be played between five teams and the number one team in the points table will play the final directly without playing any other knockouts. Teams who will finish at two and three will play for the spot in the tournament’s final.
Every team will have 18 players in the squad with 6 overseas players in the team. Only 5 overseas players are allowed in the playing XI with four from the full members of the ICC and one from the Associate member.
Media rights for the WIPL 2023 (Womens IPL)
The BCCI (The Board of Control for Cricket in India) invited bids for the media rights from 2023-2027 for the WIPL 2023 (Womens IPL) last month. According to the media sources, up to 10 entities obtained the documents related to the media rights tender. On January 12, all entities that pass BCCI’s screening process may submit their sealed bids.
So these are the details about the WIPL 2023. We are excited to see the tournament gets going. Are you excited about the tournament? And who is your favorite women’s cricketer? Comment your answer below.
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