BCCI president Roger Binny believes WPL will ‘give players from India and abroad a chance to learn and grow together’

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BCCI president Roger Binny has expressed his utmost belief that the onset of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) will definitely allow women cricketers to grow and will help at the grassroots level.

The names of the 5 bidding entities have been officially announced by the BCCI for the inaugural edition of the WPL. There were many bidders in the race to bag a team in the WPL, but eventually, five were shortlisted.

Will be inclusive of more women cricketers: Roger Binny

“I congratulate the winners for making successful bids to own WPL teams. The league will give players from India and abroad a chance to learn and grow together. It will pave the way for development at the grassroots level with the inclusion of more women cricketers. I would also like to congratulate the BCCI team for the smooth execution of the auction process. I’m confident that the league will help our women cricketers shine on the global stage,” the BCCI president was quoted as saying in the official release of the board.

The five successful bidders for the inaugural season of WPL include Adani Sportsline Pvt Ltd (Ahmedabad), Indiawin Sports Pvt Ltd (Mumbai), Royal Challengers Sports Pvt. Ltd (Bangalore), JSW GMR Cricket Pvt Ltd (Delhi) and Capri Global Holdings Pvt Ltd. (Lucknow).

BCCI vice-president, Mr Rajeev Shukla said, “This is the beginning of a new era of inclusivity where our women cricketers will get the unique opportunity to develop, thrive and excel at the global stage with the WPL. It fills my heart with pride to see this transformation happen in women’s cricket in such an affirmative way. This is truly going to set a benchmark for women’s cricket. A hearty congratulations to the new owners.”

BCCI secretary Jay Shah stated, “This marks the beginning of a revolution in women’s cricket and paves the way for a transformative journey ahead not only for our women cricketers but for the entire sports fraternity. The #WPL would bring necessary reforms in women’s cricket and would ensure an all-encompassing ecosystem that benefits each and every stakeholder.”

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