WPL set to be played from March 4 to 24; final on May 28

Indian is all set for the upcoming extraordinary Women’s Premier League 2023. It will be one of the best cricket leagues in the world. In the meantime, WPL has become the second biggest event in the world after the Indian Premier League. Here, we will discuss all the tournament – dates of all the matches, including the WPL final, the franchisees, formats, etc.

When might the WPL begin?

The opening season of the WPL is set to begin in March and could last longer than 2 weeks. The plan is to conclude the Women’s League season before the beginning of the Indian Premier League season so that the venues can accommodate both tournaments. The tentative dates for the matches are March 4th–24th, which could last up to 21 days.

Arun Dhumal, chairman of the IPL, stated after Wednesday’s auction that the tournament’s details and itinerary and the maintenance of the grounds are in progress. The board secretary Jay Shah stated that the player auction is scheduled to take place in the first week of February.

When is the WPL final game?

The women’s Premier League is to begin in the final week of March, with the WPL final game occurring on May 28. The World Test Championship (WTC) final, likely to happen in the first week of June, will determine the schedule. Suppose the WPL final occurs on the date mentioned above. In that case, the WTC final schedule will also be unaffected, as Indian and Australian cricketers will likely play in the final based on current standings.

“With regard to the first season, we are still talking,” Dhumal said. “That is a work in progress. We will have to see logistical challenges involved if it (WPL) has to be a multi-city or single-city value.”

Women’s Premier League 2023 Format:

WPL 2023 usually will follow the Round Robin format with a league System and Playoffs format. Here are the details of the WPL 2023 Format:

  • All 5 participating teams will play twice against each other, which will mark a total of 20 league matches.
  • The eliminator game will be played between the 2nd and 3rd placed holders.
  • The topper of the WPL Points Table will directly qualify for the final.
  • The eliminator winner will qualify as the second finalist for the WPL final match.

The board has also said that the month of March will be the window for the WPL. From 2026 onwards, the WPL could set 33-34 matches, but the BCCI still needs to figure out an explanation for the tournament structure.

WPL Teams And Owners:

As for men’s IPL, the Women’s Premier League is to be followed the auction format to bag the cricketers from the auction pool. The player auction will take place next month, while BCCI will likely unveil the names of the 5 Women’s Premier League franchises on January 25.

The WPL team owners had a RS 12 crore auction purse to assemble 15 to 18 players squads. CSK have decided not to participate here, at least for this season. The women’s Premier League is considered the 2nd most expensive league after IPL. Out of ten men’s IPL teams, eight franchises have shown interest in owning a team in the WPL.

The franchise that will submit bids for the Women’s Premier League teams is Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Punjab Kings, Delhi Capitals, and Gujarat Titans.

Notably, Manchester United owners have also raised their interest in the WPL teams. The tournament is to have five teams from these ten cities: Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Dharamsala, Indore, and Lucknow. The maximum bid will get the first choice to select the city. Here are the details o

  • Adani Sportsline Pvt. Ltd for Ahmedabad (INR 1289 Cr.)
  • India win Sports Pvt. Ltd for Mumbai (INR 912.99 Cr.)
  • Royal Challengers Sports Pvt. Ltd for Bengaluru (INR 901 Cr.)
  • JSW GMR Cricket Pvt. Ltd              for Delhi (INR 810 Cr.)
  • Capri Global Holdings Pvt. Ltd for Lucknow (INR 757 Cr.)

Conclusion:

This time the Indian cricketing board is set to take back the home & away venue system for the Women’s Premier League 2023. This year’s WPL would be highly competitive, as we can expect even a contest between bat & ball. All the matches and the WPL final are supposed to be the most exciting matches the country has ever seen.

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