BCCI announces media rights tender for first five seasons of the WIPL . The 10-team tournament will return to its home-and-away format .
Mumbai (Maharashtra) India – December 9, 2018 : IPL 2023 is set to begin on April 1 and will continue until March 3 to 26.Both tournaments will be held in India.While the BCCI has yet to finalize the schedule, it has set out a window for the WIPL, which will take place one week after the 2023 Womens T20 World Cup final in Cape Town on February 2.As per ESPNcricinfo, the BCCI is determining the availability of foreign players before deciding on the tournament's conclusion date.The 10-team tournament will return to its home-and-away format after being postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreaks.The BCCI's most likely aim is to close the IPL by the end of May by the time England and Ireland play their final Test at Lords on June 1 to 4.The BCCI announced a media-rights tender for the first five seasons of the WIPL, 2023 to 2027, on Friday.Although the deadline for submitting the bid is December 31, 2022, it has been announced that it will open around January 8.The BCCI has preferred to use a closed-bid model rather than an online auction.The BCCI hasn't released a starting price for any of the three categories for which rights will be sold: television, digital, or a mixture of the three. In October of this year, BCCI shared a vision for the WIPL with its members, the state associations.The boards Annual General Meeting approved this proposal.The plan requires five franchise teams to play a total of 22 games in order to participate in the league.Each squad may have up to 18 players, including a maximum of six foreign players, and each starting XI may have up to five foreign players (four from Full Member countries and one from an Associate nation) during the league stage of the WIPL, and the team with the highest record advances directly to the championship game. Following the deadlines set by the BCCI, the process will proceed to solicit bids for the five franchises.In contrast to the mens IPL, the BCCI has developed two original WIPL designs, which allow franchises to apply for teams in a given region.The first one involved selling teams across six distinct regions of the country.The second option involves selling teams without providing them with a stable home base, and playing in six IPL cities such as Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai. On March 18, the WPSL final will take place, but the PCB hasn't yet announced a precise date for the competition.