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The five teams of the BCCI Women’s Premier League were announced on Wednesday. The Indian cricket body earned Rs 4669.99 crore from the sale of five teams in the inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) and Adani Sportsline Ahmedabad spent Rs 1289 crore, emerging as the most expensive franchise. Seven IPL franchises have bid for five women’s premier league teams along with other business houses in Mumbai. Adani Sportsline eventually registered the highest winning bid in the auction with other bids coming from Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Lucknow.
Mr. Pranab Adani, Director, Adani Enterprises, said, “The Indian women’s cricket team is doing exceptionally well – and playing a cricket league for women is a significant step in creating more opportunities for women.”
“Cricket is an integral part of the fabric of the country and Adani Sportsline was excited to begin their association with the game with the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League. While I wish every franchise the best of luck, I look forward to Gujarat Giants standing out as the top team in this new, exciting league.”
The Gujarat Giants cricket franchise in the Women’s Premier League joins Adani Sportsline’s family of successful teams, such as Gulf Giants in the DP World ILT20 and Gujarat Giants in the Pro Kabaddi League.
“Today is a historic day in cricket as the bidding for teams in the inaugural #WPL broke the record of the inaugural Men’s IPL in 2008! Congratulations to the winners as we earned a total of Rs 4669.99 crore,” BCCI Secretary Jai Shah tweeted.
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