The Women’s Premier League 2023 (WPL 2023) is finally here and begins on March 04 with the game between Gujarat Giants and Mumbai Indians. The players will now be getting the much-needed exposure, sponsors and a league of their own which will help to be the bridge between the domestic and the international level, like the way Women’s Big Bash League, KIA Super League (earlier), The Hundred have been doing as well.
So, before the matches start, here’s a quick look at the basics things everyone needs to know about Women’s Premier League 2023:
For the first edition of the tournament, five franchises have been named to take on each other on the field. The five franchises are- Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Giants, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and UP Warriorz.
The first season of the Women’s Premier League 2023 will be played in Mumbai itself. The two grounds chosen for the matches are Dr Dy Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai and Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai as well.
Each team will play against the others twice as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to keep the first edition of the WPL in a round-robin format as well. A total of 20 league games will be played before the top three teams are decided.
While the number-one-ranked team will directly qualify for the final while the number two and three will meet in a playoff and the winner will make its way to the final. The final will be held on March 26 at the Brabourne Stadium.
The five teams are led by famous faces where record five times world cup winning captain, Australia’s Meg Lanning will lead Delhi Capitals. Gujarat Giants will be led by another star Aussie Beth Mooney. Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the Mumbai Indians whereas swashbuckling India opener Smriti Mandhana will lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore as well. UP Warriorz will be led by Australia wicketkeeper batter Alyssa Healy.
Rules of foreign players allowed:
The rule of WPL is the same as IPL with four foreigners allowed in the playing 11 of each team as well. However, there is a little tweak as the WPL has allowed teams to field five foreign players with the fifth being a player of the Associate Nation. Notably, only the Delhi franchise has bought Tara Norris of the USA, which is an Associate Nation as well.
Women’s Premier League 2023 Squads:
Mumbai Indians: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Amanjot Kaur, Hayley Matthews, Heather Graham, Issy Wong, Chloe Tryon, Priyanka Bala, Dhara Gujjar, Saika Ishaque, Humairaa Kaazi, Sonam Yadav, Jintimani Kalita, Neelam Bisht, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Pooja Vastrakar, Yastika Bhatia, Amelia Kerr
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Smriti Mandhana (c), Sophie Devine, Heather Knight, Megan Schutt, Kanika Ahuja, Erin Burns, Dane van Niekerk, Preeti Bose, Komal Zanzad, Disha Kasat, Indrani Roy, Shreyanka Patil, Asha Shobana, Poonam Khemnar, Sahana Pawar, Richa Ghosh, Ellyse Perry, Renuka Singh
Delhi Capitals: Meg Lanning, Alice Capsey, Shikha Pandey, Jess Jonassen, Laura Harris, Radha Yadav, Minnu Mani, Taniya Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Sneha Deepthi, Arundhati Reddy, Titas Sadhu, Jasia Akhter, Tara Norris, Aparna Mondal, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Marizanne Kapp
Gujarat Giants: Ash Gardner, Sneh Rana, Beth Mooney, Georgia Wareham, Annabel Sutherland, Sophia Dunkley, Deandra Dottin, Hurley Gala, Sushma Verma, Tanuja Kanwar, Harleen Deol, Ashwani Kumari, S Meghana, Mansi Joshi, D Hemalatha, Monica Patel, Parunika Sisodia, Shabnam Shakil
UP Warriorz: Alyssa Healy (c), Deepti Sharma (vc), Grace Harris, Anjali Sarvani, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shweta Sehrawat, Kiran Navgire, Lauren Bell, Parshavi Chopra, S Yashasri, Laxmi Yadav, Simran Shaikh, Sophie Ecclestone, Tahlia McGrath, Devika Vaidya, Shabnim Ismail
WPL 2023: Live Streaming Details
Viacom 18 has paid a whopping price of INR 951 crore for the sole right to broadcast the first-ever Women’s Premier League 2023 on TV and online over five years as well. Moreover, Jio Cinema and Sports18 TV will live stream the WPL 2023 in India as well.
WPL 2023: Full Schedule
Here’s the full schedule for Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023 starting on March 4.
|Mar-04||Gujarat Giants vs Mumbai Indians||07:30 PM IST||DY Patil Stadium|
|Mar-05||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals||03:30 PM IST||Brabourne – CCI|
|Mar-05||UP Warriorz vs Gujarat Giants||07:30 PM IST||DY Patil Stadium|
|Mar-06||Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||07:30 PM IST||Brabourne – CCI|
|Mar-07||Delhi Capitals vs UP Warriorz||07:30 PM IST||DY Patil Stadium|
|Mar-08||Gujarat Giants vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||07:30 PM IST||Brabourne – CCI|
|Mar-09||Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians||07:30 PM IST||DY Patil Stadium|
|Mar-10||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs UP Warriorz||07:30 PM IST||Brabourne – CCI|
|Mar-11||Gujarat Giants vs Delhi Capitals||07:30 PM IST||DY Patil Stadium|
|Mar-12||UP Warriorz vs Mumbai Indians||07:30 PM IST||Brabourne – CCI|
|Mar-13||Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||07:30 PM IST||DY Patil Stadium|
|Mar-14||Mumbai Indians vs Gujarat Giants||07:30 PM IST||Brabourne – CCI|
|Mar-15||UP Warriorz vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||07:30 PM IST||DY Patil Stadium|
|Mar-16||Delhi Capitals vs Gujarat Giants||07:30 PM IST||Brabourne – CCI|
|Mar-18||Mumbai Indians vs UP Warriorz||03:30 PM IST||DY Patil Stadium|
|Mar-18||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Giants||07:30 PM IST||Brabourne – CCI|
|Mar-20||Gujarat Giants vs UP Warriorz||03:30 PM IST||Brabourne – CCI|
|Mar-20||Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals||07:30 PM IST||DY Patil Stadium|
|Mar-21||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians||03:30 PM IST||DY Patil Stadium|
|Mar-21||UP Warriorz vs Delhi Capitals||07:30 PM IST||Brabourne – CCI|
|Mar-24||Eliminator||07:30 PM IST||DY Patil Stadium|
|Mar-26||Final||07:30 PM IST||Brabourne – CCI|