The wait for the highly anticipated Women’s Indian Premier League (W-IPL) officially comes to an end as it is now in the public domain in the form of a press release from the Board of Control for Control in India (BCCI) which, ” The General Body has been approved to run the Women’s Indian Premier League.
The citation was a highlight of the 91st Annual General Meeting of BCCI held on October 18, 2022 in Mumbai. As previously reported, it is understood that BCCI has reserved a March 2023 window for the inaugural edition of the Women’s IPL.
BCCI is said to be planning a 5-team tournament and initially it was learned that the current Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises would be given first right of refusal, but it is now understood that BCCI is planning to organize a sale to auctions for its five official franchises.
In a press article to ANI, BCCI Vice President Mr. Rajeev Shukla said, “We have decided in principle to launch the IPL for women. The IPL Board has been asked to finalize the details of the same. Franchise bidding and all other things will be decided in a while.
Franchises are likely to be allowed to field 5 foreign players in each game XI and out of these 5, a maximum of 4 can be from the International Cricket Council (ICC) full member countries, while the only slot remaining can be filled by a player from the associated nations. On the player side it is understood that there will be no auctions instead there will be a draft process in place.
The 5 teams are expected to play each other twice in a round-robin format that will net us 20 encounters. The team finishing top of the points table will qualify directly for the final and the 2nd and 3rd seeded teams will qualify via knockouts. With only 20 league games in consideration, the venue for the league stage will likely be one and teams advancing to the knockout stages will travel to a different venue to close out the tournament.
Regarding the sale of IPL teams, it is understood that the board is debating between two options for selling IPL teams: by zone; North (Dharamsala/Jammu), South (Kochi/Vizag), Center (Indore/Nagpur/Raipur), East (Ranchi/Cuttack), North East (Guwahati) and West (Pune/Rajkot) with matches played at venues non-IPL) and existing city as with the men’s IPL (Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata, matches held at IPL venues).
(Quote from ANI and Cricbuzz)
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