Punjab Kings (PBKS) excited to own a Women’s IPL team: Punjab Kings (PBKS) co-owner Ness Wadia says he would be “more than happy” to own a franchise in the proposed Women’s Indian Premier League (IPL) if offered. The IPL governing council recently announced every effort to begin a full-fledged Women’s IPL from 2023.
The officials have zeroed in on a five to six teams Women’s IPL and the existing franchises will be given first preference to own and operate a team.
“We would be more than interested in that (Women’s IPL). IPL for women is long overdue and it would be very special when it happens. Women’s cricket has really developed over the years,” Wadia told PTI.
Indian women’s side, yesterday, lost its final World Cup match against South Africa by close calls. With the loss, India made an early exit from the tournament.
“The World Cup is going on right now and there is so much interest for the women’s game. It was heartbreaking to see our team lose yesterday.”
When asked about the base price of the Women’s IPL side, Wadia passed the question and said that it will be decided by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
“That is for the BCCI to decide but I can tell you if we are asked to own a team we would be more than interested. I feel the league would be sustainable as well.”
The Indian cricket board has always been under criticism for excessively investing in the men’s IPL and neglecting a full-fledged women’s IPL. With cricket amongst women’s getting popular with each passing day, the WIPL is very much into the scheme of things now.
Punjab Kings (PBKS) excited to own a Women’s IPL team.
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This year, the BCCI initiated a new custom of singing the Indian national anthem before the start of the tournament.
“We discussed (singing the national anthem) with Jay Shah and Sourav Ganguly and they were more than happy to go ahead with it. The national anthem is played in sporting leagues in the USA,” said Ness Wadia.
“I am a die-hard patriot and was overjoyed when it (National Anthem) was played. It is the Indian Premier League after all,” Wadia added.