WPL 2024 Set to Unfold in a Single State, Confirms BCCI Secretary Jay Shah

The Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024 is slated to take place between February 22 and March 17, and in a strategic move, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary, Jay Shah, has disclosed that the tournament will unfold in a single state to address logistical considerations.

Shah, speaking to reporters after the auction, highlighted the significance of logistics in this edition, stating, “The tournament will start in February, and in terms of the venues, we will hold it in one state. For us, logistics is very important for us this time around. Next time, we will figure it out.”

Although there were previous speculations about potential venues like Mumbai and Bengaluru, Shah did not explicitly disclose the chosen location. He mentioned the possibilities, saying, “We have Bengaluru, Uttar Pradesh. There are so many places where we can host matches. In Gujarat also, we can do it in Ahmedabad, Rajkot and in Vadodara after a few years.”

While Maharashtra, with three venues in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai and one in Pune, remains a strong contender, Shah mentioned that the final decision will be made in consultation with the franchises. “This is basically a joint call between the franchise and the BCCI. We will sit together and decide.”

Anticipating greater success for WPL 2024, Shah highlighted the impressive gains made by uncapped Indian players in the auction. He remarked, “This time, the WPL will be even more successful. The way two uncapped Indian players earned big, it shows how the franchises have gone for Indian players.”

Additionally, Shah shared insights into the Indian Premier League (IPL) schedule, revealing that it is set to commence in the last week of March and conclude in late May.