The Board of Cricket Control for India (BCCI) has released a notification and invited applications for the rights to own and operate a franchise for the inaugural edition of the Women’s Indian Premier League 2023. In its statement, the BCCI has mentioned that it will only allow ‘reputed entities’ to make a non-refundable payment of INR 5 Lakh. The last date to bid for a franchise will be January 21.
Notably, the eligibility criteria for the potential bidders will be set according to BCCI’s discretion. BCCI may allow or restrict any franchise from owning a team in the Women’s IPL. Preliminary reports suggest that it is likely that the existing franchises in the Men’s division will own the majority of the franchises in the Women’s league.
The efforts of former BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and incumbent Secretary Jay Shah finally curtailed the stage for the inaugural Women’s IPL 2023. For the first time in the history of Indian women’s cricket, a full-fledged T20 franchised league will take place. The BCCI earlier held the Women’s T20 Challenge parallelly to the men’s league.
IPL franchises interested in buying Women’s teams
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah addressed the media and stated that multiple existing IPL franchises have expressed their interest to buy a team at Women’s IPL. Rajasthan Royals have publicly portrayed their interest to own a women’s franchise whereas it is also believed that the owners of Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians are also willing to own a team in the league.
The BCCI has booked a window with the ICC Future Tours Programme for Women’s IPL from March to April 2023. A number of overseas talents are going to participate in the league. Women’s IPL will likely kickstart in the first week of March after the conclusion of the Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 in South Africa.