Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur

RCB snaps Mandhana for ₹ 3.4 crores; make her the most expensive buy of WPL

The Women’s Premier League has started with a bang. The first-ever auction which commenced today, saw a host of female cricketers go under the hammer. Among them, India’s opening batter Smriti Mandhana has become the most expensive buy of the Women’s Premier League. The southpaw was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for ₹ 3.4 crores.

Smriti Mandhana triggered a bidding war between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both the franchisees were fighting it out, with the bids crossing ₹ 3 crores before Mumbai gave in.

Harmanpreet Kaur, on the other hand, was bought by Mumbai Indians for ₹ 1.80 crores. New Zealand’s Sophie Devine was secured by RCB for her base price of ₹ 50 lakhs.

So far, the second most expensive players in the auction were Ashleigh Gardner and Nat Sciver. While Gujarat Giants got Ashleigh Gardner for ₹ 3.2 crores, Nat Sciver was sold to Mumbai Indians at the same amount. Australia’s star all-rounder Ellyse Perry went to RCB at ₹ 1.7 crores. England’s Sophie Ecclestone was acquired by UP Warriorz for ₹ 1.8 crores.

The inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League is set to be played in Mumbai from March 4 to March 26, 2023. A total of 22 matches will be played, with the Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium playing hosts to the marquee tournament.

Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur

Viacom18 bags the media rights for Women’s IPL

Viacom18 has won the media rights for the inaugural Women’s Indian Premier League for the five-year cycle, i.e. 2023-2027, as informed by BCCI Secretary Jay Shah. The winning bid by Viacom18 was worth INR 951 crore, which translates to a value of INR 7.09 crore per match for the 2023-27 period. This makes it the second-costliest cricket league in the world.

BCCI president Roger Binny said, “I would like to congratulate Viacom18 for bagging the media rights for Women’s IPL for the period of 5 years.” He further said. “Women’s cricket has been on the up since a few years and the recently concluded bilateral series against Australia is a great testament to how popular women’s cricket has become in India.”


Binny further added, “It was only apt to get our own women’s T20 league and give the fans more of women’s cricket. I would also like to congratulate the BCCI leadership and its workforce for a successful media rights process and wish them the very best for the first edition of the Women’s IPL.”

The inaugural season of the Women’s IPL, tentatively scheduled for March 2023, will feature eight teams who will play in a round-robin format. It is also widely reported that some of the current IPL team owners will be buying franchisees in the Women’s IPL.

The Network18- owned has also secured the digital rights to the Men’s IPL for the same cycle and the ongoing SA20 League in South Africa.

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