The general body approved to conduct the Women’s Indian Premier League,” says BCCI 

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The original plan was to offer the IPL teams the choice of buying the women's teams but with there being 10 franchises in the IPL and the need being only for five, the BCCI appears to have racked the original plan

At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Mumbai on Tuesday (October 18), the dominant subject was Women’s IPL while the BCCI has concluded that there would be an auction for the five franchises.

At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Mumbai on Tuesday (October 18), the dominant subject was Women’s IPL. 

There was a formal go-ahead from the general body but the details were not forthcoming. The AGM has chosen to assemble another general body meeting, soon enough, after the acting CEO, Hemang Amin prepares the WIPL model. 

After the AGM, the BCCI put out a release expressing,

“The General Body approved to conduct the Women’s Indian Premier League.”

As of now, the BCCI has concluded that there would be an auction for the five franchises and there would be no first right of refusal for the current Indian Premier League (IPL) owners. 

The original plan was to offer the IPL teams the choice of buying the women’s teams but with there being 10 franchises in the IPL and the need being only for five, the BCCI appears to have racked the original plan.

“The details are being worked out and we will soon finalize how to go about it,”

Rajeev Shukla, the BCCI vice-president, said. Asked about the first right of refusal to the IPL owners, he retorted saying,

“You (reporters) seem to know more than the BCCI.” 

However, another BCCI official denied the plan of the first right of refusal. Many current IPL owners seem to be interested in having a women’s team.

The AGM has also decided to look out for the development of the Apex Council before finalizing the senior selection committee, which has one selector less. 

The Chetan Sharma panel is without a delegate from the West Zone since Abey Kuruvilla quit in 2021 December. The BCCI will also need to shape the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).

“We will decide on these matters after the Apex Council meeting,”

secretary Jay Shah said.

The BCCI has informed the AGM that its coffers have swollen three times over since the last dispensation took over in 2019. 

“When the current team took over the reins of the BCCI in 2019, the BCCI coffers had funds of Rs 3648 crores. We are handing over an organization that sits over a treasury that has Rs 9629 crores of funds, which is roughly thrice of what we got at the time of taking over from the COA,”

Arun Singh Dhumal, the outgoing treasurer, said in his annual report.

The increased revenue has meant additional offers for the state association and Dhumal said the states have got five times more. During the previous COA tenure, the funds to the tune of Rs 680 crores were distributed and in the last three years, the disbursed amount is Rs 3295 crores.

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