The inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL 2023) begins on Saturday, March 4, with a clash between Gujarat Giants and Mumbai Indians at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai. The game will begin at 7:30 PM IST. All matches of the inaugural edition will be played in Mumbai, with the Brabourne Stadium being the other venue.
The auction for WPL 2023 was also held in Mumbai last month. A total of 87 players, 30 of them overseas, were sold at the auction, with the five franchises spending a combined amount of ₹59.50 crore.
Smriti Mandhana, who was the first player to go under the hammer, also ended up being the most expensive purchase at the auction. She was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for ₹3.4 crore.
Among overseas players, England’s Natalie Sciver (Mumbai Indians) and Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner (Gujarat Giants) were the most expensive buys at ₹3.2 crore each.
With action in the inaugural WPL all set to get underway, here’s a brief on some important details pertaining to the tournament.
What is the format for WPL 2023?
A total of 22 matches will be played in the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League. The first round will be played in a round-robin format, with each team playing the other four twice.
The top team after the conclusion of this round will qualify for the final, which will be played on March 26 at the Brabourne Stadium
The second and third-placed sides will meet in the Eliminator at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy on March 24.
How to book tickets online for WPL 2023?
Tickets can be booked from the BookMyShow app or website. Entry is free for girls and women. For men, ticket prizes start from ₹100 onwards.
Where to watch the live telecast and live streaming of WPL 2023?
The live telecast of all WPL 2023 games will be available on the Sports18 network. The matches will also be live-streamed on the JioCinema app.
Who are the five WPL 2023 captains?
Delhi Capitals – Meg Lanning
Gujarat Giants – Beth Mooney
Mumbai Indians – Harmanpreet Kaur
Royal Challengers Bangalore – Smriti Mandhana
UP Warriorz – Alyssa Healy
What is the prize money for the event?
According to a report in The Economic Times, the total prize fund for WIPL players will be ₹10 crore.