According to a recently published report in Cricbuzz, the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023 player auction is highly likely to be held on February 13 at the Jio World Convention Centre, which is located at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had to consider a few major things while making a decision on the venue and the date to host the WPL 2023 player auction and one of them was the non-availability of a convenient place because of the ongoing wedding season.
Meanwhile, several events can be held at the Jio World Convention Centre simultaneously and the board managers are “exploring the option of holding the auction at the centre”.
“An IPL insider has confirmed that the Convention Centre would be the venue,” as quoted by Cricbuzz.
Also, the decision to conduct the auction on February 13 has reportedly been made following the requests from a few WPL franchises. Notably, the majority of the WPL franchises also own teams in the ILT20 in the UAE and the SA20 in South Africa and they wanted the auction to be held after the finals of these tournaments, which are scheduled to take place on February 12 and 11, respectively.
MI, DC, RCB Among 5 Franchises To Acquire WPL Teams
The owners of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises Mumbai Indians (MI), Delhi Capitals (DC) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) along with Adani Group and Capri Global, won bids to own the WPL teams.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) fetched a record sum of INR 4669.99 crore (USD 572.78 million approx) with the sale of the franchises.
The most expensive WPL franchise – Ahmedabad – was bought by the Adani Sportsline – the sports development wing of the Adani Group – for a whopping INR 1289 crore (USD 158 million approx).
Also, the remaining franchises were bought by Mumbai (INR 912.99 crore/USD 111 million approx), Bengaluru (INR 901 crore/USD 110 million approx), Delhi (INR 810 crore/USD 99.35 million approx) and Lucknow (INR 757 crore/USD 92.85 million approx). Meanwhile, the WPL is likely to be played between March 4 and March 24.