Mumbai: Five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians were among the five winning organizations to own a team in the first-ever Women’s Premier League (WPL) in March 2023 with the second-highest bid of INR 912.99 crore on Wednesday.
The WPL will change the outlook not only for women’s cricket in India and across the world, but also for women athletes in general Nita M. Ambani, director of Reliance Industries, which owns the Mumbai franchises of the IPL, SA20 and ILT20, said he was delighted to be a part of a historic moment in Indian cricket through the WPL.
“With great joy and pride, I welcome our women’s cricket team to the MI OneFamily! This is a historic moment for Indian cricket, and we are delighted to be a part of it. India’s women cricketers have always made the nation proud in the world. Sports arena – be it World Cup, Asian Cup Or the recent Commonwealth Games! This new women’s league will once again shine a global spotlight on the talent, strength and potential of our girls.”
“I am sure our Women’s MI team will take the Mumbai Indians brand of fearless and entertaining cricket to an entirely new level. My heartiest congratulations to the BCCI for this landmark announcement! It will pave the way for more young women to take up the professional game. At Reliance, we are not just in cricket. , committed to the glorious rise of women in sports in general,” she said in an official statement.
Mumbai Indians co-owner Akash M. Ambani also expressed happiness over buying a team in the WPL. “I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to our women’s cricket team, the fourth franchise to join the Mumbai Indians family. The launch of the Women’s Premier League is a historic moment and I am proud that India is at the forefront of this change.”
“I look forward to the upcoming season and am confident that the WPL will have a lasting impact on the empowerment of women in sports. As we bring MI experience and best practices to the women’s game, we look forward to watching our women’s team excel and inspire the next generation of female athletes. “
On the other hand, Royal Challengers Sports Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Diageo India which operates Royal Challengers Bangalore, successfully acquired a franchise ownership and management rights in WPL with a bidding of INR 901 crore.
“Royal Challengers Bangalore today marks a historic moment that will be remembered and celebrated for many years to come. We are thrilled to be a part of this mission with the BCCI to revolutionize women’s cricket, not just in India, but across the world. Diageo, the value of gender inclusion It embraces diversity in the widest possible sense and this enterprise helps us welcome and celebrate women cricketers for who they are and the value they bring to the game of cricket.”
“Hence, it is a fitting asset in the right direction for the Diageo India-owned franchise. We have reinvested all our investments in overseas teams to own a team in line with this philosophy and core values and it gives us immense pleasure to identify that.” “This achievement is positive. We are really looking forward to bring the first season of Women’s IPL to our most loyal and beloved fans,” said Mishra.
The inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League, to be played between five teams, is expected to take place in March this year and is likely to include 22 matches. The WPL Women’s T20 Challenge, a three-team exhibition tournament, replaced India as the main women’s T20 franchise competition.
“We are thrilled to strengthen our journey in cricket by adding a women’s team. Women’s cricket has shown tremendous growth in the last few years, and it has tremendous potential to grow in India.”
“We have been following the women’s leagues very closely and our scouting team has had their eye on women cricketers for some time as part of the RCB Hinterland scouting system and it gives us immense pleasure to see a team coming together to play for the inaugural edition of the women’s IPL in the country. “
“This is just the beginning for us, we have a huge responsibility to bring the endless entertainment of cricket and our fans closer to the team. We are excited to once again contribute to Indian cricket to reach the highest level on the international stage,” said Rajesh V Menon, Head of Royal Challengers Bangalore. And vice president.
On January 16, Viacom18 Media Pvt Ltd won the consolidated bid for WPL’s media rights (ie, global television rights and global digital rights) for 2023-2027.
Viacom18 won the rights for INR 951 crore, which translates to a per-match value of INR 7.09 crore. It is believed that 22 matches could be played for the first three seasons with the possibility of increasing the matches to 33 or 34 from 2026 onwards.