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CSK, RR among 5 “very interested” IPL franchises in owning and operating a team in the women’s IPL Sport-rated




On Thursday, January 5, TOI reported that among the current 10 men IPL franchisees, 5 are “very interested” in owning and operating a team in the Women’s IPL (WIPL).

On Tuesday 3rd January, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the launch of an Invitation to Bid for the right to own and operate a Women’s IPL Franchise (WIPL).

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The long-awaited women’s IPL is set to kick off this year and the tournament will feature 5 teams. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not announced the official dates of the tournament. However, reports claim that the women’s IPL is likely to be played from March 3-26 in India.

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Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Delhi Capitals (DC) are the franchises interested in having a team in the women’s IPL.

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“We are choosing the offer document,” Rajasthan Royals chairman Ranjit Barthakur confirmed, TOI reported.

If CSK doesn’t have a women’s IPL squad, it may not look good – CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO Kasi Viswanathan has revealed that they have already applied to purchase the offer document.

“We have requested to purchase the bidding document. Now we will have to find out about the economics of it. We are interested. If CSK doesn’t have a women’s team, it may not look good. We would like to promote women’s cricket,” CSK chief executive Kasi Viswanathan was quoted as saying by TOI.

Meanwhile, a source has said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) not setting a base price to acquire a women’s IPL team is a “wise decision”.

“It seems that BCCI has not maintained a base price to buy a team in WIPL, which is a wise decision. If you keep a base price too high, you will scare off potential investors,” a source told TOI.

“I think everyone is smart enough not to want to lose money. They may not mind some loss, but not big losses. If the base price is, say, Rs 400 crores, teams would lose Rs 50 to 80 crores per year, and I can’t imagine anyone having an appetite for that,” a source said.

The inaugural edition of the WIPL could be played entirely in Mumbai, which has three world-class venues: Wankhede Stadium, DY Patil Stadium and Brabourne Stadium; however, nothing has been confirmed so far.

Also Read: BCCI Invites Bids From ‘Reputable Entities’ To Own And Operate A Women’s IPL Franchise

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