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IPL Men’s season to kick start from April 1, Women’s IPL from March 3

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The much-awaited mini-auctions of the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) finally concluded at Kochi yesterday. All the franchises spent paramount money to pick their desired players which resulted in record bids in the heavyweight auctions.

England cricketers were the most contemplating buys and they seized the majority of the available purse. All-rounder Sam Curran became the most expensive player in the history of IPL as he was sold for a whopping Rs. 18.50 crores to Punjab Kings. Test skipper Ben Stokes was bought by Chennai Super Kings for a hefty Rs. 16.25 crore whereas ace batsman Harry Brook was picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs. 13.25 crore.

Australian all-rounder Cameron Green also earned stupendously as he was picked by Mumbai Indians for Rs. 17.50 crore to become the second most expensive player in the auction’s history. Interestingly, Caribbean T20 skipper Nicholas Pooran was picked by Lucknow Super Giants for Rs. 16 crores.

The Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) has now communicated to all the franchises that the upcoming season of the IPL will kick start on April 1 instead of the normal course in March last week. The final will likely be scheduled in the last week of May or the first week of June.

In another major development for the inaugural edition of Women’s IPL, the BCCI has announced that the historic championship will begin on March 3. The final of Women’s IPL will take place on March 26. BCCI has also stated this as one of the reasons for a delayed start to the Men’s IPL. Women’s IPL will begin right after the conclusion of the T-20 World Cup final that will be held in South Africa on February 26.

The BCCI is currently planning to host the inaugural edition of Women’s IPL only in Mumbai where there is the availability of three venues. The home and away system will likely be considered post the success of the first edition. The BCCI is predominantly aiming to build zonal teams instead of city teams for the Women’s league.

It is most likely that the franchise in Women’s IPL will be based on the following six zones

  1. Dharamshala/Jammu (North)
  2. Pune/Rajkot (West)
  3. Indore/Nagpur/Raipur (Central)
  4. Ranchi/Cuttack (East)
  5. Kochi/Visakhapatnam (South)
  6. Guwahati (North-East)

The BCCI has already released a tender inviting bid for the media rights of Women’s IPL. The BCCI will likely generate enormous wealth by hosting the Women’s IPL. The apex body can generate a revenue of 1000 crores+ as each franchise will be sold for Rs. 400 crores and will have an available purse of Rs. 35 to 40 crores for auctions.

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Pratik Pathak
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