The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) awarded the title sponsorship rights for the much-awaited Women’s Premier League (WPL) seasons 2023-2027 to TATA Group. TATA Group will be promoting its two flagship brands: TATA Capital and TATA Motors.
The inaugural edition of the WPL is the beginning of a new era in women’s cricket in India, with some of the brightest Indian talents and stars such as Indian cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Shafali Verma – captain of India’s U19 World Cup-winning team, Jemimah Rodrigues, Richa Ghosh joining forces with global cricketing stars such as Alyssa Healy, Deandra Dottin, Ellyse Perry, Sophie Ecclestone and Sophie Devine amongst others.
The first edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL 2023) will comprise 22 matches and will feature five teams – Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Giants, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore & UP Warriorz. The prestigious tournament will be played from March 04 to March 26, 2023, in Mumbai at the Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium.
Roger Binny, President, BCCI said, “We are really happy and excited to have TATA Group as the title sponsor for the WPL. We feel this is one of the most significant developments which will further boost the popularity of women’s cricket. The Indian women’s team has left no stone unturned to make the country proud and WPL is a step to indicate the upswing of women’s cricket in India. The tournament marks a new chapter in the history of women’s cricket in India and I am sure that it will set a new benchmark in the times to come; encouraging the Indian as well as the world cricketers to take up and pursue the sport.”
Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI said, “Women’s cricket is achieving new heights with every passing day and having TATA Group on board as the Title Sponsor for the Women’s Premier League is a testament of the growing stature of women’s cricket in India. The WPL will now be called TATA Women’s Premier League. The BCCI values and appreciates women’s cricket and the WPL is one more initiative to further nurture the game.”
Arun Singh Dhumal, Chairman, IPL said, “After extending their support to the IPL, we are happy to have TATA Group on board for the Women’s Premier League. We look forward to a fruitful partnership and the BCCI is sure the WPL brand will grow manifold with this move. I am sure this will be a long and enriching affiliation for both stakeholders. The beginning of the WPL is one more step in BCCI’s continuous endeavour to support and promote women’s cricket in India. This is the inaugural edition of the tournament, which promises to inspire and act as motivation for the budding women cricketers across the globe.”