Aussies ‘nervous’ as WPL franchises sell for $811m

WPL, As players wait for their chance to go under the hammer next month, the bidding process yields astonishing amounts for the five inaugural Women’s Premier League teams. The five initial Women’s Premier League (WPL) franchises were sold for a total of around AUD$ 811 million in a transaction touted as “transformative” for women’s cricket.

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Three current Indian Premier League clubs-Delhi Capitals (AUD$140 million), Mumbai Indians (AUD$156 million), and Royal Challengers Bangalore (AUD$154 million)-gained rights, while the other two franchises were purchased by Adani Group and Capri Global Holdings from a pool of 16 competing companies. Adani Group paid around AUD$ 223 million for the Ahmedabad franchise, while Capri Global Holdings paid $131 million for the Lucknow franchise.

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It is yet another huge financial boost for the women’s game, coming on the heels of the WPL‘s five-year broadcast contract with Viacom, which was said to be worth roughly AUD$167 million. “Today is a historic day in cricket as the bidding for teams in the first Women’s IPL shattered the records set by the inaugural Men’s IPL in 2008!” declared the BCCI’s honorary secretary Jay Shah on Twitter. “This is the start of a revolution in women’s cricket, paving the way for a transformational journey not just for our female cricketers, but for the whole sports community. ”

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The WPL will bring forth required improvements in women’s cricket while also ensuring an all-encompassing environment that benefits all stakeholders. “The BCCI has given the league the moniker Women’s Premier League (WPL). Let the adventure begin.” The inaugural Women’s Premier League auction will take place early next month, ahead of the Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa, and Australia swing bowler Megan Schutt has equated the unusual sensation of submitting her name to the tense sense of waiting to be selected for playground teams.

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Each team will have between 15 and 18 players, including up to seven from outside the country. Each playing XI, however, will be limited to five foreign players, with the fifth coming from an associate nation. That leaves 30 spaces for international players from full member countries, and Schutt predicted that most, if not all, of Australia’s best players would have applied. “We’ve all discussed whether or not to put our names in there…

we’re all a little anxious, to be honest,” Schutt remarked after the first T20I against Pakistan in Sydney. “Nobody wants to be that kid in high school when your name isn’t called and no one chooses you, so it’s a little nerve-racking. “It’s a fantastic opportunity… To be honest, I hope that almost every Australian cricketer throws their name in the hat. “I believe they will. Again, there are only (limited) international places available, so competition will be fierce.”

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