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March 4 marks the debut of the Women’s Premier League.

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The Women’s Premier League (WPL) will have its maiden season from March 4 to March 26. The BCCI announced that the first season will be conducted solely at two sites in Mumbai: the Brabourne Stadium and the DY Patil Stadium, in an email sent to the five WPL franchises on Monday.

Hemang Amin, the CEO of BCCI, also announced the player auction will take place on February 13 in Mumbai in the email. Amin announced that 1500 participants had signed up and that the final roster will be made public later this week. At the auction, a maximum of 90 individuals may be purchased, with each squad including between 15 and 18 players.

With a March 4 start date, the Women’s Premier League will get underway eight days after the Women’s T20 World Cup, which concludes on February 26 in South Africa. The BCCI opted to restrict the inaugural season to Mumbai in order to lessen the logistical difficulties for players and coaches traveling from South Africa to India.

The New Zealand captain Sophie Devine called the auction the “elephant in the room” and noted that it is scheduled to occur three days after the World Cup on February 10.

Based on the money made by the BCCI through the sale of broadcast rights and franchise ownership rights, the WPL has already garnered attention for becoming the most profitable competition in women’s cricket. For the year 2023 to 2027, the BCCI announced on January 16 that it had sold the WPL media rights to Viacom for INR 951 crore (about USD 116.7 million); on January 25, it had sold the five franchises for a combined INR 4669.99 crore (USD 572.78 million approx).

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