The Women’s Premier League 2023, also known as the WPL, will be the first ever women’s franchise Twenty20 cricket league in India. Five teams will play a tournament from 4 March to 26 March 2023, with matches being played in Mumbai.
It will be a huge boost for cricket in the country and will give players an opportunity to showcase their skills. Here’s everything you need to know about the league – schedule, live streaming, tickets and auction.
The WPL 2023 Schedule will see a total of five teams battle for T20I supremacy. Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Giants, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and UP Warriorz will take part in this cash-rich tournament.
The Women’s Premier League was formerly known as the Women’s T20 Challenge. It started with a single match in 2018 and expanded to a three-team, three-tournament tournament held in 2019, 2020 and 2022.
In October 2022, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that they were considering a five-team tournament that would be held in March 2023. The new tournament is unofficially known as the Indian Women’s Premier League. However, on January 25, 2023, the BCCI officially named it the Women’s Premier League.
Teams and Players
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||Bangalore, Karnataka||United Spirits||Ben Sawyer|
|Delhi Capitals||New Delhi, Delhi||JSW Group–GMR Group||Jonathan Batty|
|Gujarat Giants||Ahmedabad, Gujarat||Adani Group||Rachael Haynes|
|UP Warriorz||Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh||Capri Global||Jon Lewis|
|Mumbai Indians||Mumbai, Maharashtra||Reliance Industries||Charlotte Edwards|
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Smriti Mandhana, Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Renuka Singh, Richa Ghosh, Erin Burns, Disha Kasat, Indrani Roy, Shreyanka Patil, Kanika Ahuja, Asha Shobana, Heather Knight, Dane van Niekerk, Preeti Bose, Poonam Khemnar, Komal Zanzad, Megan Schutt, Sahana Pawar
Jemimah Rodrigues, Meg Lanning, Shafali Verma, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Marizanne Kapp, Titas Sadhu, Alice Capsey, Tara Norris, Laura Harris, Jasia Akther, Minnu Mani, Taniya Bhatia, Jess Jonassen, Sneha Deepthi, Poonam Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Aparna Mondal
Ashleigh Gardner, Beth Mooney, Sophia Dunkley, Annabel Sutherland, Harleen Deol, Deandra Dottin, Sneh Rana, S Meghana, Georgia Wareham, Mansi Joshi, D Hemalatha, Tanuja Kanwar, Monica Patel, Sushma Verma, Hurley Gala, Ashwani Kumari, Parunika Sisodia, Shabnam MD
Sophie Ecclestone, Deepti Sharma, Tahlia McGrath, Shabnim Ismail, Alyssa Healy, Anjali Sarvani, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Parshavi Chopra, Shweta Sehrawat, S Yashasri, Kiran Navgire, Grace Harris, Devika Vaidya, Lauren Bell, Laxmi Yadav, Simran Shaikh
Harmanpreet Kaur, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Amelia Kerr, Pooja Vastrakar, Yastika Bhatia, Heather Graham, Issy Wong, Amanjot Kaur, Dhara Gujjar, Shaika Ishaque, Hayley Matthews, Chloe Tryon, Humaira Kazi, Priyanka Bala, Sonam Yadav, Jintimani Kalita, Neelam Bisht
The WPL 2023 will feature 20 league games between the five participating teams and 2 playoff fixtures. The topper of the league will automatically qualify for the final match, while the second and third-placed teams will play an eliminator match to determine which team advances to the final.
All matches will be played at two venues in Mumbai – the Brabourne Stadium and the DY Patil Stadium. The matches will be played in a round-robin structure and the winner will be declared the champions of the WPL 2023 competition.
|March 4||7:30 PM||Gujarat Giants vs Mumbai Indians||DY Patil Stadium|
|March 5||3:30 PM||RCB vs Delhi Capitals||Brabourne Stadium|
|March 5||7:30 PM||UP Warriorz vs Gujarat Giants||DY Patil Stadium|
|March 6||7:30 PM||Mumbai Indians vs RCB||Brabourne Stadium|
|March 7||7:30 PM||Delhi Capitals vs UP Warriorz||DY Patil Stadium|
|March 8||7:30 PM||Gujarat Giants vs RCB||Brabourne Stadium|
|March 9||7:30 PM||Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians||DY Patil Stadium|
|March 10||7:30 PM||RCB vs UP Warriorz||Brabourne Stadium|
|March 11||7:30 PM||Gujarat Giants vs Delhi Capitals||DY Patil Stadium|
|March 12||7:30 PM||UP Warriorz vs Mumbai Indians||Brabourne Stadium|
|March 13||7:30 PM||Delhi Capitals vs RCB||DY Patil Stadium|
|March 14||7:30 PM||Mumbai Indians vs Gujarat Giants||Brabourne Stadium|
|March 15||7:30 PM||UP Warriorz vs RCB||DY Patil Stadium|
|March 16||7:30 PM||Delhi Capitals vs Gujarat Giants||Brabourne Stadium|
|March 18||3:30 PM||Mumbai Indians vs UP Warriorz||DY Patil Stadium|
|March 18||7:30 PM||RCB vs Gujarat Giants||Brabourne Stadium|
|March 20||3:30 PM||Gujarat Giants vs UP Warriorz||Brabourne Stadium|
|March 20||7:30 PM||Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals||DY Patil Stadium|
|March 21||3:30 PM||RCB vs Mumbai Indians||DY Patil Stadium|
|March 21||7:30 PM||UP Warriorz vs Delhi Capitals||Brabourne Stadium|
|March 24||7:30 PM||Eliminator||DY Patil Stadium|
|March 26||7:30 PM||Final||Brabourne Stadium|
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The WPL 2023 Live Streaming is an event that will bring out the best in cricket fans all around the world. The first edition of the WPL is scheduled to begin on March 4 and will conclude on 26 March in Mumbai.
According to an official release, WPL 2023 live broadcasts will be available on various channels. Viacom18 has acquired the global media rights for WPL 2023 TV and digital broadcasts on a 5-year contract for INR 9.51 billion. The entire tournament will be broadcasted on Sports 18 TV channel and the Jio Cinema app on digital media in India.
The WPL is expected to draw more female viewers than the men’s IPL. According to a report by business daily Economic Times, the average female audience has jumped 18% in the first three weeks this season.
This is a positive development as women are known to be very interested in sports. This could be the catalyst to a major increase in viewership.
Corporates like Reliance, P& G, Colgate, Swiggy and several family brands aimed at women and children are already on board as sponsors or advertisers for the IPL.
The IPL has already garnered over 600 million television views, which is a significant number for cricket. But it still lags behind sports like basketball’s WNBA and soccer’s Women’s World Cup in terms of viewership in economically rich countries.
The WPL 2023 is set to be a blockbuster season of top flight football. Whether you’re looking to see your favorite team up close, or are just interested in getting a taste of this exciting new sport, we’ve got the tickets you need.
With some of the world’s best players in the league, there is no better time to watch WPL matches in person. There’s also a lot of competition between the clubs and it’s going to be thrilling to see them compete.
Ticket demand for this year’s Women’s Super League has soared following England’s historic European Championship win in July, and you’ll want to make sure you get your hands on some WPL 2023 tickets before it’s too late!
If you want to help the likes of Liverpool, Reading, and Tottenham build a winning record in the WSL, consider purchasing season tickets. Alternatively, individual match tickets are available for the home games of these teams.
WPL Auction 2023
The first-ever WPL 2023 Auction is a huge event. It will not only shape the identity of the five franchises but also the game itself. With this much interest in the event, there is sure to be a must-watch event for cricket fans.
The WPL auction 2023 was held on February 13 which is being conducted by Mallika Sagar. With a total of 409 cricketers set to go under the hammer at the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, the event is expected to be one of the most exciting events in women’s cricket. It is a historic day for women’s cricket. The event is expected to bring in big bucks for Indians and overseas players alike.
How many players are up for grabs
This is a good mix of players with plenty of experience in the T20 game and a strong track record. They will be a valuable asset for any team. With an initial purse of Rs 12 crores, each of the five teams has a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 18 players.
Four hundred and fifty-nine players – 246 Indians and 163 overseas players, including 8 cricketers from associate nations – have registered for the auction. The base price bracket for capped players ranges from Rs 30 lakh to Rs 40 lakh, while uncapped ones have a minimum of INR 20 lakh. The top slab, of INR 2 crore, consists only of overseas cricketers.
Who are the big names
The WPL Auction 2023 saw big names go for a lot of money. The likes of Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner and England’s Natalie Sciver-Brunt landed contracts in the first-ever Women’s Premier League.
The five franchises — Mumbai Indians (MI), Delhi Capitals (DC), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Gujarat Giants (GG) and UP Warriorz — spent a total of Rs 59.5 crore on 30 overseas cricketers during the player auction.
Indians dominated the auction. Smriti Mandhana made history with RCB signing her for 3.4 Crores. Her buy was the biggest of the day. Deepti Sharma got 2.6 Crore deal from UP Warriorz. The biggest overseas buys were Ashleigh Gardner and Nat Sciver-Brunt who joined Mumbai Indians for 3.2 Crore each.
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