The inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) is just around the corner and the Lucknow base bidders have revealed their franchise name. The WPL is reportedly scheduled to take place from the 4th to the 24th of March following the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 and Senior Women’s World Cup events.
The 5 successful bidders from the auction day, the 25th of January, were Adani Sportsline Private Limited, who acquired the Ahmadabad base for the highest, 1289 crores bid, and the Ambani’s-backed, Indianwin Sports Private Limited, follow with a 912.99 crore bid for the Mumbai base.
Royal Challengers Sports Private Limited, was next on with 901 crores bid for the Bangalore base, and the Delhi-Lucknow bases were respectively bagged by JSW GMR Cricket Private Limited (810 crores) and Capri Global Holdings Private Limited (757 crores).
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Capri Global Holdings Private Limited bagged the Lucknow base for 757 crores and the business house has revealed the side’s franchise name in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) as Lucknow Warriors. Capri Global owns 4 different franchises, in 3 different Sports namely Rajasthan Warriors (KhoKho), Bengal Warriors (Kabaddi), and Sharjah Warriors (Men’s Cricket) and the most recent Lucknow Warriors (Women’s Cricket).
Managing Director of Capri Global Capital Limited, Rajesh Sharma’s letterhead release on the development, read, “While growing our foothold in Sports, the Women’s Premier League provides a platform for us to showcase our many initiatives focused on improving gender inequity, such as our women-focused product Wishwas Loans, policies to include women as co-signer to increase agency in Home Loans or via our CSR activities that focus on women emancipation in villages across India.
“We are extremely proud to be a part of this historic moment in cricket, especially in being able to extend our support to some of the tremendously talented women in sports. Our aim is to provide inspiration to athletes and women in all walks of life, while breaking stereotypes.
“This association with WPL has been strategic in achieving our vision of encouraging Sports and establishing a deeper connection with our stakeholders and customers. Given its history in India, we believe cricket is the most natural way to advance that vision.”
The player’s auction is the next awaited day by fans and while the registration date for the Women’s Premier League auction hit the deadline at 5 PM on the 26th of January, it now will be in Bangalore, Kolkata, or Mumbai that the registered players go under the hammer on what according to reports will be the 10th or 11th of February.
Recently, the Ahmedabad base owners, Adani Sportsline Private Limited revealed their franchise name for the tournament as Gujarat Giants and in due course, before the player’s auction, one would expect the three Indian Premier League (IPL) bounded franchises in Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore to disclose their franchise names for the WPL.