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Women's Premier League (cricket)

The Women's Premier League is a women's Twenty20 cricket franchise league in India.

The Women's Premier League (WPL) is a women's Twenty20 cricket franchise league in India. It is owned and operated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).[1][2]

Women's Premier League
Women's Premier League.svg
AdministratorBoard of Control for Cricket in India
FormatTwenty20 cricket
First edition2023
Latest edition2023
Next edition2024
Tournament formatDouble Round-robin and playoffs
Number of teams5
Current championMumbai Indians (1st title)
Most runsMeg Lanning (345)
Most wicketsHayley Matthews (16)
TVList of broadcasters

The first season was played in March 2023 and saw Mumbai Indians win the first title. Matches were played in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, with five franchises taking part.[3][4]


The first major women's Twenty20 competition in India was the Women's T20 Challenge. This started as a single-match tournament in 2018, and was expanded to a three-team, three-match competition held in 2019, 2020 and 2022.

In February 2022, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly announced plans to establish a women's version of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the major men's Twenty20 franchise cricket competition in India, replacing the Women's T20 Challenge.[5] By August plans were more advanced[6][7] and in October the BCCI announced that they were considering a five-team tournament which would take place in March 2023.[8][9] This league was informally known as the Women's Indian Premier League; the BCCI later named it the Women's Premier League.[1]

On 28 January 2023, the BCCI invited bids for the league's title sponsorship rights until 2027.[10] Tata Group won the bid for an undisclosed amount.[11] Mumbai Indians were the inaugural winners of the tournament, beating Delhi Capitals in the final.[12]


The league's structure is based on the structure of the IPL.[13][14][15]

Initially there are five teams, with sides playing against each other in a double round robin format, and the three teams finishing with the most points entering the playoff stages of the competition.[16][17] The Board plans to increase the number of matches and franchises in future seasons if the league is a success.[18]

The first season of the league took place from 4 March to 26 March 2023, and featured 22 matches, all held at Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.[18][19] Tickets were made available free to women during the first season.[20]

The league's mascot, Shakti, is a tigress wearing a sky blue cricket uniform.[21]


Locations of the Five WPL teams

Investors brought the initial franchise rights in January 2023 through a closed bidding process, raising a total of 4,669 crore (US$580 million).[22][23]

A number of companies responded to the sale of franchise rights which were sold for five years, from 2023 to 2027. Adani Group won the rights to the Ahmedabad franchise for 1,289 crore (US$160 million), Indiawin Sports Pvt Ltd, part of Reliance Industries, won the Mumbai franchise for 912.99 crore (US$110 million),[a] GMRJSW Cricket Pvt Ltd won the Delhi franchise for 810 crore (US$100 million),[b] Capri Global holdings won the Lucknow franchise for 757 crore (US$95 million),[c] and Royal Challengers Sports Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of alcohol manufacturing company Diageo, won the Bangalore franchise for 901 crore (US$110 million).[d][24]

According to Jack Genovese of Ampere Analytics, a media research firm, the league is the world's second highest valued women's sports league just behind the Women's National Basketball Association in the United States.[14]

Three of the five franchises, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians, also have teams in the men's IPL.

TeamCityDebutOwnersCaptainHead coach
Delhi CapitalsNew Delhi2023JSW GroupGMR Group (JSW GMR Cricket Pvt. Ltd)[25]Meg Lanning[26]Jonathan Batty[27]
Gujarat GiantsAhmedabad2023Adani GroupSneh Rana[28][e]Rachael Haynes[29]
Mumbai IndiansMumbai2023Indiawin SportsHarmanpreet Kaur[30]Charlotte Edwards[31]
Royal Challengers BangaloreBangalore2023DiageoSmriti Mandhana[32]Ben Sawyer[33]
UP WarriorzLucknow2023Capri GlobalAlyssa Healy[34]Jon Lewis[35]

Financial background

The BCCI intends to distribute 80% of the profits from the competition among the franchise owners during the first five years. For the next five seasons, 60% of the profits will be shared, and from seasons 11 to 15, 50% of the profits will be distributed. Additionally, 80% of the revenue from the central licensing rights for the competition will be shared with the franchises. Franchises will also generate revenue through merchandise, ticket sales and advertising.[18][36]

Player auction

The first auction to purchase players for each franchise was held on 13 February 2023 at Mumbai.[31][37] Around 1,500 players registered their names.[38][39] Each franchise had 12 crore (US$1.5 million) to spend and had to purchase between 15 and 18 players, six of whom could be overseas players.[13][31]

The base price of an uncapped player at the first auction was between 10 lakh (US$13,000) and 20 lakh (US$25,000). For capped players it was between 30 lakh (US$38,000) and 50 lakh (US$63,000).[40] In future seasons the purse size for each franchise will be increased by 1.5 crore (US$190,000) each year.[18]

In the first auction a total of 59.50 crore (US$7.5 million) was spent to purchase 87 players. Smriti Mandhana was the most expensive player purchased in the initial auction; she signed for Royal Challengers Bangalore for 3.4 crore (US$430,000) and was appointed as the team's captain.[41]


In January 2023, Viacom18, announced it had acquired the global media rights for TV and digital broadcasts for the tournament. The contract will run for five years and was worth 951 crore (US$120 million).[42] The initial season of the league is broadcasting in India on the Sports18 TV channel and the JioCinema app, both of which are owned by Viacom18.[43]

The first season of the competition was broadcast in the United Kingdom on Sky Sports,[44] in Australia by Fox Sports Australia, in the United States and Canada by Willow TV and in South Africa by SuperSports.[45]

See also


  1. ^ Reliance also owns the Mumbai Indians franchise in the men's IPL
  2. ^ GMR-JSW Group also own the Delhi Capitals franchise in the men's IPL
  3. ^ Capri Global have existing teams in Pro Kabaddi League and International League T20.
  4. ^ The company is the current franchise holder for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the men's IPL
  5. ^ Sneh Rana was appointed captain for the rest of the season after the originally appointed captain Beth Mooney was ruled out due to an injury.


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