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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the winners of the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League on Wednesday. The Board received a total of INR 4669.99 crore from the 5 bidders who won ownership of the franchises. Adani Sportsline became the largest of the five franchises, winning the Ahmedabad team owners for Rs 1289 crore. Next came Indiawin Sports who acquired the rights to the Mumbai franchise for INR 912.99 crore. Among the Men’s Indian Premier League franchises, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were the only team to get a team.
JSW GMR Cricket and Capri Global Holdings acquired Delhi and Lucknow franchise rights for Rs. 810 crore and 757 crore respectively.
List of Women’s Premier League franchise owners:
1. Adani Sportsline Pvt. Ltd.: Ahmedabad Franchise Rs. 1289 crores
2. Indiawin Sports Pvt. Ltd.: Mumbai Franchise Rs. 912.99 crores
3. Royal Challengers Sports Pvt Ltd: Bangalore 901 crores at Rs.
4. JSW GMR Cricket Private Limited: Delhi Rs. 810 crores
5. Capri Global Holdings Pvt. Ltd.: Lucknow Franchise Rs. 757 crores
BCCI Secretary Jai Shah took to Twitter to announce the massive bid the board received for the first edition of the WIPL. In fact, the bids exceeded the amount BCCI brought in for the first edition of the men’s Indian Premier League in 2008.
“Today is a historic day in cricket as bidding for teams in the inaugural #WPL breaks the opening record of the men’s IPL in 2008! Congratulations to the winners as we have achieved a total bid of Rs 4669.99 Crores. It marks a revolution in women’s cricket and paves the way for a transformative journey not only for our women cricketers but for the entire sports community. #WPL will bring much-needed reforms to women’s cricket and ensure an inclusive ecosystem that benefits every stakeholder.
“@BCCI has named the league – Women’s Premier League (WPL). Let the journey begin…,” Jai Shah tweeted.
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