The inaugural season of the much-awaited Women’s Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to begin in the month of March. The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has started all the preparations for the marquee league which will be now conducted for the women also.
The BCCI has already sold the media rights in an auction that happened in Mumbai. The media rights have been bagged by Viacom 18 for a period of five years from 2023-2027. They will be paying INR 951 crores to the BCCI during the period of five years for telecasting the WIPL Season 1 to Season 5 on their channel and OTT platform.
The tender for buying a franchise in the Women’s IPL has already been released and there is a massive interest that is being shown in buying a franchise in the WIPL by various parties. This process will be conducted in a closed bidding form by the BCCI and soon we will get to know our five franchises.
Since we are inching closer to the tournament, the BCCI today has released some important information related to the player purse and the winning prize money.
So, the first development that BCCI has made is that the player purse is decided at INR 12 crores which will be increased by INR 1.5 crores every year for the next four years.
The second development that BCCI has conveyed is that the teams can have five overseas players in their playing 11, provided a minimum of 1 player is from an Associate nation.
The third development made by the BCCI is with regard to the prize money in the WIPL. The team winning the competition will receive INR 6 crores, the runner-up team will receive INR 3 crores and the third-placed team will get INR 1 crore.
Everyone is hoping that WIPL will help grow women’s cricket a lot in India which I believe is true and can also help our girls win an ICC trophy.