The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) earned a Rs 4669.99 crore with the sale of five franchises in the inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL). India’s richest man Gautam Adani bought Ahemdabad franchise for Rs 1289.
IPL team owners Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals bought the franchises for Rs 912.99 crore, Rs 901 crore and Rs 810 crore respectively.
Capri Global Holdings got the Lucknow franchise for Rs 757 crore.
“Today is a historic day in cricket as the bidding for teams of inaugural #WPL broke the records of the inaugural Men’s IPL in 2008! Congratulations to the winners as we garnered Rs.4669.99 Cr in total bid,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah tweeted.
Earlier, the apex body of Indian cricket sold the media rights of the Women’s Premier League to Viacom18 for Rs 951 crore. They will get Rs 7.09 crore per match for five years.
“The BCCI has named the league – Women’s Premier League (WPL). Let the journey begin.
“Today is a historic day in cricket as the bidding for teams of inaugural #WPL broke the records of the inaugural Men’s IPL in 2008. This marks the beginning of a revolution in women’s cricket and paves the way for a transformative journey ahead not only for our women cricketers but for the entire sports fraternity.
“The #WPL would bring necessary reforms in women’s cricket and would ensure an all-encompassing ecosystem that benefits each and every stakeholder,” Shah said in a series of tweets.
The auction for the women’s league will take place next month.
Meanwhile, fans and cricketers welcomed the news. Here are some of the reactions.