The BCCI will allow five international players in the starting XI, with at least one cricket player from an Associate nation included. This is a departure from the IPL norm, which only permits four international players. According to a prospective new club source, the fifth player must come from an Associate.
The source quoted, “The teams will have the option of fielding five foreign players as long as the fifth player is from an Associate nation.”
The Women’s Indian Premier League (WIPL), which begins next month, has a salary limit of INR 12 crore fixed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The fund size will rise to INR 18 crore at the completion of the first five-year cycle, with yearly increases of INR 1.5 crore over the next four years. The five-team competition does not have any provisions for the icon players.
Although the dates for the inaugural edition are unknown, they are believed to be from March 4 to 26. The Brabourne Stadium in South Mumbai and the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai are prospective locations for the 22 games in the inaugural season, making Mumbai the likely city where the league would be contested. It’s expected that the Wankhede will remain prepared for the IPL, which is scheduled to begin on March 31 or April 1.
The league’s prize money will total INR 10 crore for the players, INR 6 crore for the champion team, and INR 3 crore for the runner-up squad. The team that finishes third will receive INR 1 crore.
The BCCI said, “100 percent of player prize money is to be distributed amongst the players only.”