IPL franchises Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings show interest in buying franchise in women’s IPL: reports

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The IPL franchises have recently gained attention due to their global expansion into franchise cricket. The Indian franchises have already acquired the ownership and operating rights of the six teams in the upcoming South African T20 tournament and also the UAE T20 League.

According to new reports, a few IPL franchises have shown strong interest in acquiring the rights and ownership of the upcoming Women’s Indian Premier League in India. The inaugural edition of the Women’s Indian Premier League is expected to take place in 2023 in the month of March.

According to reports, the BCCI will organize the tournament in a window of one month and the first season will see the participation of five teams. India’s National Women’s T20 Tournament is set to start right after the Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa. Five-time champions Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals have expressed interest in buying teams in the women’s IPL. Earlier, UTV boss Ronnie Screwvala tweeted that he would be interested in buying a WIPL franchise.

A report in PTI claimed that WIPL will begin the first week of March and a four-week window has been secured for the first year. “The T20 WC in South Africa runs from February 9-26 and immediately after that we plan to hold the WIPL. At the moment we are moving forward with five teams but it could be six as there are has a lot of interest among potential investors. In due course, the team auction process will be announced,” a source familiar with the development told PIT.

Earlie, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah confirmed that the WIPL will likely be held in 2023. “I am delighted with the type of response we have received from stakeholders. Several existing IPL teams have requested and expressed serious interest in owning WIPL franchises,” Shah had said in an interview with PTI.

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