The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to launch a new T20 franchise competition for women, which will be called the Women’s T20 League. The competition, which will replace the Women’s T20 Challenge, is expected to have five teams and will be formed through a player auction scheduled for February.
Indian players have until January 26 to register for the auction. The base price for capped Indian players has been set at INR 30 lakh, INR 40 lakh and INR 50 lakh, while the base price for uncapped players is INR 10 lakh and INR 20 lakh. In order to register for the league, players are expected to do so directly through their respective state associations and not through agents or managers.
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Five men’s Indian Premier League (IPL) teams are believed to be interested in owning a franchise in the competition. These include the Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings.
The Women’s T20 League has gained significant support in the wake of India’s runners-up finish at the 2017 ODI World Cup and their appearance in the 2020 T20 World Cup final. The BCCI had previously invited bids for media rights from 2023-27 for the proposed five-team tournament.