Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur shown in a historical file photo

The Indian cricket board is reportedly planning to put up five franchises for bid, with a starting price of Rs 400 crore per side.

The Women’s IPL will debut in March 2023, and the BCCI is pulling out all the stops to make it a smashing success in its maiden year. Now, it has been revealed by credible sources that the Indian cricket board will issue a bid for five franchises, with the minimum price set at Rs 400 crore.

The cricket board has announced that they will shortly be releasing an e-auction tender document. The e-auction is open to all currently operating IPL franchises.

At their 91st annual general meeting on October 18 in Mumbai, the General Body of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) authorized the much-anticipated Women’s IPL.

The board’s decision to hold the tournament was announced in a press statement. Women’s Indian Premier League operations have been given the green light by the General Body, according to the announcement.

All clubs will play each other twice throughout the 20 league games that make up the tournament. The team that finishes first in their group will advance directly to the championship game, while the teams who finish second and third will compete in the Eliminator. The number of non-local players in teams starting eleven is limited to five.

“In order to ensure a healthy mix of local and foreign talent and to field competitive squads, it has been decided to cap WIPL to five clubs. There is a limit of 18 players per squad, and no team can have more than 6 players from outside the country “as indicated in a note provided by BCCI to all state organizations.

India’s women’s cricket team finished second at the 2020 Twenty20 World Cup, sparking calls for a league similar to the Indian Premier League (IPL). Both the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia and the Hundred in the United Kingdom started in 2017. A women’s league will begin to play in Pakistan in 2019.

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