The BCCI plans to start the Women’s IPL by 2023, board chairman Sourav Ganguly said Friday, as four exhibition games return this season after a one-year hiatus.
The BCCI, which has been criticized in the past for failing to start the Women’s IPL, needs the approval of the AGM to kick-start the competition next season.
The board plans to have five or six teams in the first edition.
“It (the full-fledged IPL for women) must be approved by the AGM. We plan to launch it hopefully next year,” BCCI president Sourav Ganguly told reporters after the IPL board meeting here on Friday .
In an interview with PTI in February, Ganguly had said that Women’s IPL will be launched in 2023.
IPL chairman Brijesh Patel also made it clear that there will be four games for the three women’s teams around the men’s IPL play-offs this season.
“There will be four games with three teams around the time of the playoffs,” Patel said after the meeting.
As the second half of the IPL was shifted to the UAE due to the pandemic, the exhibition games were not held last year. However, they were staged in the UAE in 2020 when IPL Trailblazers won the title.
According to Patel, there would be five or six teams in the Women’s IPL, but again, that would require the approval of the general body.
The most likely venue for the women’s exhibitions is Pune.
The IPL kicks off on Saturday with defending champions Chennai Super Kings against Kolkata Knight Riders at the iconic Wankhede Stadium.
IPL MEDIA RIGHTS
The issue of IPL media rights for the 2023-2027 cycle was also discussed by the Governing Council.
“The tender will be released soon,” said a member of the Board of Directors.
Star India had paid a whopping Rs 16,347.5 crore for the 2018-2022 cycle. With the rising popularity of the league and the addition of two new teams, that number could reach a staggering Rs 40,000 crore over the coming five-year cycle.
Companies interested in securing the rights to India’s most popular cricket property include Viacom 18, backed by Reliance, current rights holders Disney Star, Sony (which had paid Rs 8,200 for nine years in 2009) and streaming giant Amazon. who could bid on the digital rights.