The first women’s IPL auction ended on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 26, with five teams winning the bidding war that took place behind closed doors. There were 17 contenders seeking to buy a franchise in the first Women’s IPL, which will henceforth be called the Women’s Premier League (WPL). The Ahmedabad franchise owned by Adani Sportsline is the most expensive franchise bought at a cost of Rs 1289 crore. Indiawin Sports Pvt. Ltd acquired the Mumbai franchise with an offer of Rs 912.99 crores. Royal Challengers Sports Pvt. Ltd, JSW GMR Cricket Pvt. Ltd and Capri Global Holdings Pvt. Ltd won the rest of the three teams Bangalore, Delhi and Lucknow respectively with winning bids of Rs 901 crores, Rs 810 crores and Rs 757 crores respectively. BCCI earned a whopping Rs 4669.99 crore in total bid.
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The Ahmedabad franchise in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) will be called ‘Gujarat Giants’, the owners – Adani Sportsline, the sports arm of the Adani Group – announced on Wednesday. Adani Group bought the Ahmedabad franchise with the highest bid of Rs 1289 crores in the auction held by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday. The inaugural edition of the WPL could take place in March this year, while the player auction is likely to take place in February.
“The Indian women’s cricket team is doing exceptionally well – and a women’s cricket league is an important step in creating more opportunities for women through sport,” said Pranav Adani, Director of Adani Enterprises.
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The Gujarat Giants cricket franchise in the upcoming Women’s Premier League joins Adani Sportsline’s family of successful teams such as the Gulf Giants in the ongoing UAE ILT20 and the Gujarat Giants in the Pro Kabaddi League.
The purse for the 5 teams will be Rs 12 crore each, a report in ESPNcricinfo said. The first edition of the tournament is expected to take place in March 2023. With IANS input