Women’s Premier League (WPL): ‘We’re convinced that with Tata Group’s assistance, we can push women’s cricket to the next level,’ said BCCI Secretary Jay Shah.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selected Tata Group as the inaugural Women’s Premier League title sponsor on Tuesday.

“I am delighted to announce the #TataGroup as the title sponsor of the inaugural #WPL. With their support, we’re confident that we can take women’s cricket to the next level,” tweeted BCCI Secretary Jay Shah.

Tata has signed a five-year contract with WPL. The Indian multinational business replaced Vivo as the IPL’s headline sponsor last year.

Women’s IPL received a total offer of Rs 4,669.99 crore, which is higher than the Men’s IPL Team received in 2008. During an auction performed in anticipation of the tournament’s maiden season, which will take place in March of this year, the Adani Group, Capri Global, and the owners of the men’s IPL clubs Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, and Royal Challengers Bangalore won bids to acquire the five women’s IPL franchises.

Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Delhi Capitals entered the WPL with bids of Rs 912.99 crore, Rs 901 crore, and Rs 810 crore, respectively.

Capri Global Holdings paid Rs 757 crore for the Lucknow franchise.

The BCCI sold the media rights of the Women’s Premier League to Viacom18 for Rs 951 crore, or Rs 7.09 crore per match over a five-year period.

Adani Group, which failed to purchase an IPL club when the Lucknow and Ahmedabad franchises were put up for sale in 2021, has made its official foray into Indian cricket by getting a WPL squad.

The BCCI succeeded in selling five franchises to prominent corporate groups for Rs 4670 crore after selling the TV rights to Viacom18 for a hefty Rs 951 crore.

The auctions for the league, which will include 22 games for the first three years, were held earlier this month in Mumbai, and they drew a lot of attention from players and business outlets. Indian opener Smriti Mandhana was the most expensive purchase in the auction, costing Rs 3.40 crore.

After the end of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) Auction in Mumbai, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has revealed the schedule for the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023. In its first season, five teams – Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Giants, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and UP Warriorz – splurged on some of the greatest players on the international and domestic circuits.

Smriti Mandhana of India was the biggest buy, selling for a staggering INR 3.40 crore to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Harmanpreet Kaur, Team India’s captain, was sold to the Mumbai Indians for INR 1.80 crore, while the rest of the players from India and across the world also made the cut in one of the five franchises.