Tata Group has bagged the title rights for the inaugural Women's Premier League (WPL), announced Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah on Tuesday.
The BCCI Secretary took to Twitter to make the announcement, expressing his confidence that the move will take the women's cricket to the next level.
"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. @BCCI @BCCIWomen @wplt20," tweeted Jay Shah.
Notably, Tata Group also has the title rights for the Indian Premiere League (IPL).
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the schedule for Women's Premier League (WPL) 2023 after the conclusion of the Women's Premier League Auction in Mumbai, which was held on February 13.
In its inaugural edition, five teams - Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Giants, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and UP Warriorz splurged their purse to acquire some of the best talents in the international and domestic circuit. India's Smriti Mandhana was the top buy as she was sold for a whopping Rs 3.40 crore to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Team India Captain Harmanpreet Kaur was sold to Mumbai Indians for Rs 1.80 crore while the rest of the stars from India and around the globe too made the cut in one of the five franchises.
Among the foreign players, Australia all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner and England all-rounder Natalie Sciver were the top buys as they were sold to Gujarat Giants and Mumbai Indians for Rs 3.20 crore respectively. From the India U19 stars, ICC U19 T20 World Cup winning captain, Shafali Verma was the top buy, sold to Delhi Capitals for Rs 2 Crore.
In its first season, the Women's Premier League will stage a total of 20 league matches and two Playoff games that will be played in a duration of 23 days.
The league will start on 4th March at the DY Patil Stadium with a blockbuster clash between Gujarat Giants and Mumbai Indians.
On Sunday, 5th March 2023, the WPL will have its first double-header day where Royal Challengers Bangalore will square off against Delhi Capitals at the Brabourne Stadium, CCI. UP Warriorz will play their first game of the league against Gujarat Giants at the DY Patil Stadium in the evening.
There will be four double headers with the first match starting at 3:30 PM IST. All evening matches will start at 7:30 PM IST.
A total of 11 matches each will be held at the DY Patil Stadium and Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
The final game of the league stage will be played between UP Warriorz and Delhi Capitals on 21st March at the Brabourne Stadium, CCI. The Eliminator will be played at the DY Patil Stadium on 24th March.
The Final of Women's Premier League 2023 will be played at the Brabourne Stadium on 26th March. (ANI)