Reliance-owned Viacom-18 Private Limited has acquired the rights to broadcast the Women’s IPL 2023 on Monday. Viacom18 won the rights with a bid of INR 951 crore, which translates to a per-match value of INR 7.09 crore. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has given this information by tweeting.
For the upcoming season of Men’s IPL (IPL 2023) where discussions are in full swing. At the same time, different curiosity is being seen everywhere regarding the organization of Women’s IPL 2023. The company that bought the digital rights for the men’s IPL cycle till 2023-27 has won the media rights of the women’s IPL as well.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah tweeted, “Congratulations @viacom18 for winning the Women’s @IPL media rights. Thank you for your faith in @BCCI and @BCCIWomen. Viacom has committed INR 951 crore which means per match value of INR 7.09 crore for next 5 years (2023-27). This is massive for Women’s Cricket.”
Meanwhile, the BCCI has now accelerated the exercise of selecting the Women’s IPL teams. They will announce the five teams of the Women’s IPL on January 25. The board has shortlisted 10 cities for this. At the same time, eight out of 10 IPL franchises have shown interest in buying the team. Several franchises including Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are ready to bid.
According to media reports, apart from Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Punjab Kings, Delhi Capitals, and Gujarat Titans have made up their mind to buy women’s teams. At the same time, Royals Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants have not said anything about this yet. Five teams will play in the inaugural season of the Women’s IPL.
In addition, BCCI has shortlisted 10 cities including Delhi, Lucknow, and Dharamshala. The shortlisted cities are Delhi (Arun Jaitley Stadium), Lucknow (Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium), Kolkata (Eden Garden Stadium), Bengaluru (M Chinnaswamy Stadium), Ahmedabad (Narendra Modi Stadium), Chennai (MA Chidambaram Stadium), Dharamsala ( Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium), Guwahati (Barspara Stadium), Indore (Holkar Stadium), and Mumbai (Wankhede, Brabourne, DY Patil Stadium).
IPL matches have been held in Dharamsala, Indore, and Guwahati, but these three grounds are not the home ground of any team. According to media reports, the women’s IPL 2023 will start from March 5 to 26. The men’s tournament will begin after the women’s IPL gets over.