Overseas stars Megan Schutt, Kate Cross, Danielle Wyatt, Marizanne Kapp, Jessica Jonassen among others hailed the Women’s Premier League bid on Wednesday.

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New Delhi ,UPDATED: Jan 25, 2023 11:23 p.m. IST

Overseas stars have welcomed the Women’s Premier League bids. (Picture PTI)

By India Today Web Desk: Australian and English star cricketers have hailed the Women’s Premier League bid, saying it marks the start of an era.

The BCCI announced on Wednesday the five franchises, including three that already have teams in the Indian Premier League, that have won the rights to own a team in the Women’s Premier League. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah tweeted that the combined valuation of the offer was worth INR 4669.99 Cr.

The five franchises that won the auction are: Adani Sportsline Pvt. Ltd (Ahemdabad) – INR 1289 cr, Indiawin Sports Pvt. Ltd (Mumbai) – INR 912.99 cr, Royal Challengers Sports Pvt. Ltd (Bengaluru) – INR 901 cr, JSW GMR Cricket Pvt. Ltd (Delhi) – INR 810 cr, and Capri Global Holdings Pvt. Ltd (Lucknow) – INR 757 cr.

Australian host Megan Schutt welcomed the announcement, saying: “Incredibly exciting, it marks the start of an era. Ideal for female cricketers, but also ideal for women’s sport around the world. investment equals opportunity.”

England peacemaker Kate Cross didn’t hold back and called out those who have devalued women’s cricket for so long.

“Today is the day you can put your middle finger in front of all those people who have devalued women’s sport. BCCI has recognized that something special is happening and will give female cricketers the platform they deserve. Cross tweeted.

Former Australian cricketer Lisa Shalekar said: “It’s certainly HISTORIC. The women’s game is already breaking records and they haven’t even played a game yet. It’s so exciting. Congratulations to @BCCI and To everyone involved. Teams announced: Adani (Ahmedabad) Indiawin (Mumbai), RCB (Bangalore), JSW (Delhi), Capri Global (Lucknow) #WPL.”

Meanwhile, former England cricketer turned commentator Isa Guha wrote: “A historic day for the women’s game.”

Australian all-rounder Jessica Jonassen said: “Wow! What an amazing result for the women’s game.” New Zealand’s Frances Mackay added: “Huge day for women’s cricket. Look at those numbers! Can’t wait for the Women’s Premier League!”

South African Marizanne Kapp, England’s Danielle Wyatt and Australia’s Holly Ferling said the women’s league would be “life changing”. Wyatt tweeted, “This is amazing! How exciting.”

“Today is the day the landscape of women’s cricket and women’s sport has changed forever. Game changer. Life changer. #WPL,” Ferling wrote. While Kapp said: “How exciting, great day for women’s cricket.”

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