The first edition of the Women’s Indian Premier League (WIPL) will in all likelihood be held in March 2023. The player auction for the WIPL will be held in February. The players have been notified by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to register their names online for the player auction.
The BCCI has sent out the guidelines to both capped and uncapped cricketers regarding registration. There are three ‘reverse price’ categories for capped players – INR 50 lakh, INR 40 lakh, and INR 30 lakh. These will be the starting points for bidding, or in common auction language – ‘base price’. For uncapped players, there are two categories – INR 20 lakh and INR 10 lakh.
Like in the men’s IPL, the teams will make a shortlist of the players they would like to see in the auction from all the players that register. The shortlisted players referred to as the ‘Auction List’ will then be up for grabs in the auction.
Any player who goes unsold in the auction will still have a chance to get picked later on if any of the initially picked players get injured.
When will we get to know the five teams that will feature in the inaugural WIPL?
We still do not know who will own the five teams that will take part in the first edition of the WIPL. However, as per reports, Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Rajasthan Royals have expressed interest in owning teams.
The Governing Council of IPL has announced the release of the ITT to acquire the rights to own and operate a team in the WIPL. The deadline for the same is January 21. The media rights auction for the tournament was slated to be held on January 12. However, that was later postponed by 4 days. It will now be held on January 16.
The picture will only get clearer in the next few days.
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