The preparations for the inaugural season of the Women’s IPL are in full swing. The BCCI recently announced the five owners of the team that would participate in the forthcoming tournament and auction is the next big event in line.
The Women’s IPL will begin in the first week of March, and the players’ auction is likely to be conducted in the second week of February. However, the apex board has not finalized a date for the auction but shifted the event to the 2nd week of this month.
BCCI planned the auction for the first week earlier, but for two major reasons, the auction has been postponed to either the 11th or 13th of February.
Firstly, the franchises expressed to the board that the auction and ILT20 knock-outs would overlap. Secondly, according to reports by Cricbuzz, the board is having difficulties finding hotels amid the wedding season.
The marriage season is at its peak in February in India, and the BCCI managers are finding it hard to book a hotel. Nevertheless, they have shortlisted two hotels, one in Delhi for February 11 and another in Mumbai for February 13.
“The BCCI has shortlisted February 11 (Saturday) and 13 (Monday), but 13th is most likely the one that most franchises are comfortable with,” said a member of the WPL team.
Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Lucknow are the five teams participating in the WPL. Interestingly, four out of the five teams have a presence in the ILT20.