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This marks the beginning of an era: Overseas stars after WPL bids | Cricket news

NEW DELHI: As the BCCI announced the successful bidders for the five Women’s Premier League teams hailed foreign stars the “landmark day” and said the development will have an impact on female sports around the world.
The BCCI earned a combined bid of Rs 4669.99 crore from the sale of the five clubs.
Former England cricketer turned commentator Isa Guha wrote: “A historic day for the women’s game.”
“It sure is HISTORIC. The women have already broken records and they haven’t even played a match yet. This is so exciting. Congratulations to @BCCI and everyone involved. Teams announced: Adani (Ahmedabad) Indiawin (Mumbai), RCB ( Bangalore ), JSW (Delhi), Capri Global (Luckknow) #WPL,” former Australian cricketer Lisa Sthalekar tweeted.

Australia’s pacesetter Megan Schutt said the development is great not just for women’s cricket, but for women’s sports around the world.
“Incredibly exciting, this marks the beginning of an era. Great for female cricketers, but also great for female sports around the world. Investing equals opportunity,” Schutt said.

New Zealand’s Frances Mackay added: “Big day for women’s cricket. Look at those numbers! Can’t wait for the Women’s Premier League!”
Australian all-rounder Jessica Jonassen said, “Wow! What an incredible result for the women’s game.”

England pacer Kate Cross didn’t mince words, calling out those “who have devalued women’s (gaming) sport” in the past.
“Today is the day you can raise your middle finger to all those people who have devalued women’s sport.. The @BCCI has recognized that something special is happening and is about to give female cricketers the platform they deserve. Here comes the # WPL,” Cross tweeted.

IPL team owners Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals have made successful bids of Rs 912.99 crore, Rs 901 crore and Rs 810 crore respectively to participate in the WPL.
South African Marizanne Kapp, England’s Danielle Wyatt and Australia’s Holly Ferling said the women’s competition would be “life-changing”.

Former cricketer Mel Jones was speechless.

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