A couple of high-profile franchises, including Chennai and Gujarat, have declined to bid for a team in the upcoming Women’s Indian T20 League, according to a report, while about a half-dozen franchises have formally submitted expressions of interest.
According to Cricbuzz, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Rajasthan, Delhi, and Bangalore showed up with bid documents on the day of the technical bids for the Women’s Indian T20 League. However, Chennai and Gujarat decided not to pursue a Women’s team.
Furthermore, the Lucknow team is thought to have stayed away, but there was no immediate confirmation on the Punjab team. However, according to the report, the Punjab side was also at the designated venue with the bid papers.
According to previous reports, the day of submission of papers demonstrating credentials was Monday (January 23). Those who meet the Indian Cricket Board’s criteria will be eligible to participate in the financial bidding, which will take place on Wednesday. The key requirement is a net worth of Rs 1000 crore.
A Chennai official confirmed the decision, calling it a strategic business decision, while a Gujarat representative stated that the franchise, which is owned by the US-based private equity firm CVC Capital, is focused on the men’s team, the defending Indian T20 League champions.
In the meantime, fans were shocked at Chennai’s decision to not participate in the much-talked-about Women’s tournament. “Can buy 2 franchise outside ipl and pay finished crickets but not even money for a women’s team,” a user tweeted. “@ChennaiIPL are you serious? Really disappointing if it is true,” another user wrote.
Here is how Twitter reacted
@ChennaiIPL are you serious? Really disappointing if it is true
— Harmanpreet Thor? (@Women_in__blue7) January 23, 2023
Chennai Super Queens doesn't have the same ring to it tbh
More chance of RCB getting a team lessgoooo
— Ishaan (@IshCaracal) January 23, 2023
csgay is misogynist?
not my team
— Adnan (@AdnanK180) January 23, 2023
Not enough 30+ players?
— ABHISHEK (@OneAbhishekJain) January 23, 2023
can buy 2 franchise outside ipl and pay finished crickets but not even money for a women's team ?
— Shin (@kreams0da) January 23, 2023
What you said that mi and csk are the first two teams who will take part in women's ipl
— AKASH VASANT PAWAR (@AKASHVASANTPAW3) January 23, 2023
I think there are not so many 30+ women cricketers available at the moment..
— Anindita Banerjee (@AninditaB_AB) January 23, 2023
BCCI doing Blunder by not giving ownership of WIPL team's to IPL franchisees.
I have never watched any match of PSL, BPL, LPL, 100, only few BIG Bash games.
But following CPL & SA20 only bcoz of #Royals representation in leagues.
— Prezz (@rus_vala) January 23, 2023
Why? Any reason
— Sundar Rajan (@SundarR89448971) January 23, 2023
Fake mann ….why csk will do it .?
— Chenoy Rahul (@ch_rahul09) January 23, 2023