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Good Sports: Astounding Team Prices for Women’s Premier League

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
March 2023
Good Sports: Astounding Team Prices for Women’s Premier League

The New York Times called it “one of the biggest one-day financial injections in the history of women’s sports.” Investors paid more than $570 million for the five franchises of the Women’s Premier League, whose inaugural season will be played this month in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

Like the Indian Premier League (IPL), the WPL was created by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), following the same plan that made the IPL a huge success. After the five teams were sold to the highest bidders, a player auction was held on Feb. 13, giving top players the biggest payday of their careers.

“WPL is not just a game changer for women’s cricket in India, but a revolution!” tweeted star cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur, giving credit to BCCI for uplifting the women’s game. “Exciting times are ahead for Indian cricket.”

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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