Women’s Premier League 2023: The Ultimate Guide for Marketers

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What was ethereal is now finally real. What was ambiguous is finally obvious. What seemed far distant is just a few months away. Yes, we are saying far too many words, but after all this is the first concrete indication of the Women’s Premier League (WPL), and it calls for celebration. If you are wondering why we are going gaga over WPL 2023, the answer is why not!

The men’s IPL heralded the new era in the world of cricket, it was a revolution for cricket lovers, brands and business tycoons as well. Hence, there is no reason the women’s tournament, along with some robust promotion and planning, can’t do the same. 

As someone who is a massive fan of our women in blue, it gives us immense pleasure that the Women’s Premier League 2023 is all set to become a reality with the matches starting from 4th March to 24th March. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is giving its seal of approval at the Annual General Meeting- a validation and recognition of the rapid strides the women’s cricket has been making in the country in the past few years. 

Therefore, we can proudly say that the WPL 2023 is going to be a game changer in the field of sports. In fact, it might also change the way audiences view cricket (which is majorly viewed as a male dominated sport) and will open new doors for women cricket players. 

Women’s Premier League: A New Era of Equality

The International Cricket Council recently decided to replace ‘batsman’ with a gender-neutral term ‘batter’ in all its playing conditions, the move has been described as a “natural and overdue evolution” in the sport. This may seem like a small step, however a revolutionary one. 

The Women’s Premier League is also set to become a revolution in the field of women’s cricket, giving them the opportunity to get the spotlight and the celebrity recognition. Over the years our Women in Blue have come victorious and brought the golden cup home, however WPL is a perfect way to commercialise women’s cricket. Maybe the time has come when the Indian women’s team comes out of the crease and the players become household names, something that their male counterparts have been enjoying since ages now. 

From a past when women’s cricket in India seemed like a peripheral notion to our female players making big strides towards victory, women in cricket have gone through drastic changes. So on the 4th of March, when households will turn on to WPL and witness female cricketers swing their bats and hit a six, an advertiser will find the perfect spot to place an ad, whereas a cricket aspirant will find their next inspiration.

Women in Blue: The Future of Cricket

The IPL transformed cricket from a game struggling to find a future to one of the most valuable sporting assets in the world. But while top men’s players have become millionaires, women players have struggled to get the recognition they deserved. The launch of a women’s league could be life changing for India’s women cricketers but also change the game around the world.

Batter Jemimah Rodrigues said the women’s IPL would take the game to the next level in India, in an interview with Outlook India. 

“The women’s IPL is going to change a lot of things for women’s cricket in India. I think this is like the best platform for us now that we as an Indian team have been doing so well in all the major events like the World Cup, the Commonwealth Games. This is just the right time for it to happen and I’m sure that we are going to get so much more talent that’s going to come out from here. I am very sure that women’s cricket in India is all set to go to the next level after the women’s IPL,” Rodrigues said. (Source: Outlook India)

In the past few years the women’s team in India have been making clear cut victories and hence have been successful in grabbing the attention of the Indian audience. Therefore, we can proudly say that the Indian Women’s Cricket Team is ruling the world cricket, and WPL will bridge the gap between international and domestic cricket. 

Breaking Boundaries: The Remarkable Rise of Indian Women’s Cricket

There was a time, not a distant past though when Women’s cricket struggled to grab the audiences’ eyeballs and hence bagging revenues was also a challenge. Cut to the present, the magnificent victories of the Indian women’s cricket team over the past few years have brought them in the spotlight. 

Audiences are all in support of the women in blue and social media has gone bonkers in giving them a big shoutout. From tweets to brand endorsements, the women’s team is creating a mark in a grand fashion. 

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Women’s cricket in India is reaching new heights and has been receiving unprecedented viewership over the years. The cheering for the Indian women’s team is not limited to the screens and the recent India vs Australia match is the prime example. 

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More than 25,000 watched the opening match at DY Patil Stadium, before a capacity crowd of more than 47,000 rocked up to the ground two days later, which forced the gates to be locked before images of stranded fans looking forlorn through the fence beside the now-iconic ‘Stadium full. Ticket over’ signs that went viral.

The cheering of the large, vocal and passionate fans went deafening as India took Australia to a Super Over and then made a magnificent win. 

Women’s cricket is obviously growing in India and that’s what the players and cricket fanatics want to see. WPL is only going to leverage the fandom and help women’s cricket to be the talk of the town. 

Recognition in World Cricket

Indian Women’s Cricket team left-arm spinner Radha Yadav, opener Shafali Varma and wicket-keeper Richa Ghosh are all set to ply their game in the Women’s Big Bash League. However, they are not the first to play in overseas cricket leagues.

In June 2016, the BCCI’s women’s committee gave the green light for its women cricketers to participate in overseas leagues in Australia and England. This paved the way for Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues to earn valuable experiences away from home. 

Apart from this, Indian stars Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues were among the overseas players retained by their respective franchises for the 2022 edition of the women’s Hundred 2022. 

Women Players Dominating the Ad World

Let’s go down the memory lanes of the 7th edition of the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup. As the tournament began in Australia in 2020, it did better than expected in terms of followership. The female cricket tournament garnered over 180 million viewers on their screens to see how women could fight it out on the court. 

The question is, do female cricket players get the same stardom that their male counterparts enjoy? 

The answer is a Yes and a No at the same time. However, we can indeed say that there has been massive progress and it’s a progress in the right direction. Lately, we’ve seen how female cricket players are bagging a good amount of sponsorships and ads. With the Women’s Premier League, this popularity is expected to increase and every member of the Indian cricket team will get recognition and ‘celebrity’ title.  



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Advantages of Advertising in Women’s Premier League

Immense Potential

Experts are of the opinion that, the Women’s IPL T20 can highly replicate the success and popularity of the men’s IPL tournament. Talking of that, we can’t deny that women’s cricket in India has overcome and come forward by leaps and bounds in the past 5 years and Women’s T20 IPL is the much-needed boost for our Women in Blue. Moreover, the Indian women’s cricket team is performing extremely well and seeing them evolve in world cricket other young players are also expected to get a boost.

Positive Association

Women’s Premier 2023 is in the progression stage, but there’s already a buzz amongst cricket fanatics. It has caught the attention of brands as well, and why not because advertising on women’s cricket IPL means a positive association with the brand. It is time for brands to activate their creative minds and hit off well with women consumers. 

Great Opportunity for Small Brands & Start-ups

The benefit of joining WPL for businesses, according to experts, is that it has a less challenging entrance barrier and can enable instant reach across markets in a very short amount of time, especially for brands and startups that are less than 12 months old in the market. The minimum billing for advertising on Women’s Premier League in JioCinema app is 10 Lakhs which makes it a great opportunity for small and medium size businesses to tap into the sports marketing world. 

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Portray Your Brand as Woke & Progressive

Apart from the expected viewership and popularity that Viacom18 is hoping to get from Women’s Premier League, one thing is for sure that it’s a revolutionary step in the field of women’s cricket. Hence, it’s a great opportunity for brands to get associated with WPL and be recognized as brands that support female cricket players. 

A prime example of this would be Niine’s (A sanitary napkin brand) collaboration with Rajasthan Royals. Niine Hygiene and Personal Care is the principal sponsor for Rajasthan Royals, for the Indian Premier League 2020. Rajasthan Royals are sporting Niine Sanitary Napkins logo at the rear of their jersey, challenging the country’s entrenched taboos about menstruation.

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Countdown to Game Day: Everything You Need to Know About the Upcoming WPL Matches

Viacom18 won the WPL media rights for Rs 951 crore (Rs 7.09 crore per match) for 2023-2027 period. The acquisition cost that Viacom18 has invested, is 1/50th of what the men’s IPL was sold for. 

Experts are of the opinion that Women’s Premier League is still at a nascent stage and gaining massive viewership for the tournament would still be challenging. Also, currently Viacom18 is at a stage where they are building their platform. Whether it’s about acquiring digital rights for IPL or FIFA. Hence, they clearly are connecting content from content to create a strong entertainment and sports platform. So, from that point of view, WPL is great for the platform. 

What You Should Look Out For in WPL?

Players from 7 Countries

The first season of the Women’s Premier League is all set to be big and exciting with players from 7 overseas countries participating in the tournament. The countries are: 

  • India
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • South Africa
  • West Indies
  • Bangladesh
  • England

Targeting Options

Location: Location targeting is basically using geographic location as the primary deciding element, marketing geographics involves segmenting the consumer market into smaller, more manageable parts based on the location. 

JioCinema is providing various location targeting options for Women’s Premier League: 

  • Pan India
  • HSM-Pan India without Southern states
  • Top 6 metros
  • Top 10 metros
  • 1 Mn + Towns
  • Southern States

Age: Age targeting allows you to get your advertisement in front of audiences in a specific age group. It enables you to reach out to your target group in a better way, JioCinema will let the advertisers target audiences;

30+ years

<30 years 

Device: Device targeting allows you to target your ads to people based on the device they’re using. Device targeting is a Google Ads tool that enables you to choose which ads are shown on which devices. In it, you can create mobile-only campaigns, specific ad variations for tablets, and different bidding strategies for desktop ad groups.

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Schedule for Women’s Premier League

Yet to be updated.

Here is Successful bidders for the Women’s Premier League

  1.  Adani Sportsline Pvt Ltd – Ahmedabad – 1289 Cr
  2. Indiawin Sports Pvt Ltd – Mumbai – 912.99 Cr
  3. Royal Challengers Sports Pvt Ltd – Bengaluru – 901 Cr
  4. JSW GMR Cricket Pvt Ltd – Delhi – 810 Cr
  5. Capri Global Holdings Pvt Ltd – Lucknow – 757 Cr

The first match will be between Team Mumbai and Team Gujarat on Saturday, March 4, 2023.

Dates04 March to 26 March 2023
Administrator(s)Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
Cricket formatTwenty20
Tournament formatRound robin and playoffs
Matches23 T20s

Women’s Premier League Venue

All the matches of WPL 2023 tournament will be played at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai and at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

  • Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, (Capacity: 20,000)
  • DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai, (Capacity: 60,000)

Women’s Premier League Teams

  • Gujarat Giants
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore Woman
  • Delhi Capital Woman
  • Mumbai Indians Woman
  • UP Warriorz

Women’s Premier League Broadcasting 

  • Sports18- TV
  • JioCinema app- Digital

Women’s Premier League: Auction Highlights

Smriti Mandhana, the opening player for India, broke bank early as the Royal Challengers Bangalore paid 3.40 Cr to acquire her, making her the first pick in the history of the Women’s Premier League auction. The five franchises spent a combined total of Rs. 59.50 Cr. on 87 players. The all-around player Deepti Sharma, who was acquired by UP Warriorz for Rs 2.6 crore, is the second most expensive Indian player thus far.

Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, who cost almost half as much as Mandhana at Rs. 1.80 crore, was acquired by Mumbai Indiansl. Delhi Capitals successfully bid Rs 2.2 crore for Jemimah Rodrigues, securing their first player of the auction. Shafali Verma, the captain of the Indian team that won the U-19 T20 World Cup, receives a successful proposal of Rs 2 crore from Delhi Capitals.

Ashleigh Gardner, an off-spin all-rounder from Australia, was selected in the first round for Rs 3.20 Cr by the Gujarat Giants, owned by Gautam Adani. Star Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry was purchased by RCB for a cool Rs 1.70 crore, and Sophie Devine, the captain of New Zealand, was acquired for a pittance at a base price of Rs 50 lakh.

This is how the teams look like:

Royal Challengers Bangalore:

NameCountryAuction Value
Smriti MandhanaIndia3.4 crore
Sophie DevineNew Zealand 50 lakh
Ellyse PerryAustralia 1.7 crore
Renuka Singh ThakurIndia 1.5 crore
Richa GhoshIndia1.9 crore
Erin BurnsAustralia 30 lakh
Disha KasatIndia10 lakh
Indrani RoyIndia 10 lakh
Shreyanka PatilIndia10 lakh
KanikaIndia35 lakh
Asha ShobanaIndia10 lakh
Heather KnightEngland40 lakh
Dane van NiekerkSouth Africa30 lakh
Preeti BoseIndia30 lakh
Poonam KhemnarIndia10 lakh
Komal ZanzadIndia25 lakh
Meghan SchuttAustralia40 lakh
Sahana PawarIndia10 lakh

Mumbai Indians:

NameCountryAuction Value
Harmanpreet KaurIndia1.8 Cr
Nat SciverEngland3.2 Cr
Amelia KerrNew Zealand1 Cr
Pooja VastrakarIndia1.9 Cr
Yastika BhatiaIndia1.5 crore
Heather GrahamAustralia 30 lakh
Isabelle WongEngland30 lakh
Amanjot KaurIndia50 lakh
Dhara GujjarIndia10 lakh
Saika IshaqueIndia10 lakh
Hayley MathewsWest Indies 40 lakh
Chloe TryonSouth Africa30 lakh
Humairaa KaaziIndia10 lakh
Priyanka BalaIndia20 lakh
Sonam YadavIndia10 lakh
Jintimani KalitaIndia10 lakh
Neelam BishtIndia10 lakh

Gujarat Giants:

NameCountryAuction Value
Ashleigh GardnerAustralia3.2 crore
Beth MooneyAustralia 2 crore
Sophie DunkleyEngland60 lakh
Anna SutherlandAustralia 70 lakh
Harleen DeolIndia 40 lakh
Deandra DottinWest Indies60 lakh
Sneh RanaIndia 75 lakh
S MeghanaIndia30 lakh
Georgia WarehamAustralia75 lakh
Mansi JoshiIndia 30 lakh
D HemalathaIndia30 lakh
Monica PatelIndia30 lakh
Tanuja KanwerIndia50 lakh
Sushma VermaIndia60 lakh
Hurley GalaIndia10 lakh
Ashwani KumariIndia35 lakh
Parunika SisodiaIndia10 lakh
Shabnam ShakilIndia10 lakh

UP Warriorz:

NameCountryAuction Value
Sophie EcclestoneEnglish1.8 crore
Deepti SharmaIndia2.6 crore
Tahlia McGrathAustralia 1.4 crore
Shabnim IsmailSouth Africa 1 crore
Alyssa HealyAustralia70 lakh
Anjali SarvaniIndia 55 lakh
Rajeshwari GayakwadIndia40 lakh
Parshavi ChopraIndia10 lakh
Shweta SehrawatIndia40 lakh
S YashasriIndia10 lakh
Kiran NavgireIndia30 lakh
Grace HarrisAustralia75 lakh
Devika VaidyaIndia1.4 crore
Lauren BellEngland30 lakh
Laxmi YadavIndia 10 lakh
Simran ShaikhIndia 10 lakh

Delhi Capitals:

NameCountryAuction Value
Jemimah RodriguesIndia2.2 Cr
Meg LanningAustralia1.1 Cr
Shafali VermaIndia2 Cr
Radha YadavIndia40 lakh
Shikha PandeyIndia60 lakh
Marizanne KappSouth Africa1.5 crore
Titas SadhuIndia25 lakh
Alice CapseyEngland75 lakh
Tara NorrisEngland10 lakh
Laura HarrisAustralia45 lakh
Jasia AkhterIndia20 lakh
Minnu ManiIndia30 lakh
Poonam Yadav,India30 lakh
Jess JonassenAustralia50 lakh
Sneha DeepthiIndia30 lakh
Arundhati ReddyIndia30 lakh
Aparnal MandalIndia10 lakh

Women’s Premier League: Media Rights

JioCinema: Online Streaming Platform

With IPL as a league, marketers have a good amount of options to capitalise on. Another fascinating statistic is that, when broadcast and on-demand viewing were combined, more than 190 million women in the nation watched the most recent edition of the men’s IPL. Last but not least, as sporting events are gender agnostic, broadcasters will exert all of their influence to publicise the match and increase WPL viewership.

Media Options for Women’s Premier League on JioCinema:

  1. Pre-Roll Video Ads
Pre Roll Ads In Ipl 2023

Pre-roll video ads are 5-10 sec long non-skippable ads that are played before the live streaming of a game starts. Since these are played before the live streaming of matches, they are not as high impact as mid-roll ads but experience a higher CTR. Two levels of targeting are possible in the case of pre-roll video ads.

  1. Featured Cards
Featured Cards Ads On Jiocinema

Featured Cards are simple banners that carry the brand logo and message. 

Featured card options:

  • Super 4’s
  • Fall of Wickets
  • Super Saves
  • Player Specific Moments
  • DRS
  • Milestones
  1. VOD (Video-on-Demand)
Video On Demand Ads

Video on Demand is referred to as VOD. VOD for IPL are quite popular amongst viewers and cricket enthusiasts, as they show the highlights of the matches. Audiences can catch glimpses of the ‘wow’ moments of the match after or during the match. 

  1. Masthead
Mastheads Ads

A banner ad, often known as a web banner, is an advertisement that appears on a website or mobile application. The ad comprises images rather than text; it could even be a multimedia object in .png, .jpg, or.gif format. For 24 hours, masthead banners are shown at the top of the platform’s homepage. Masthead banners can be displayed on the platform’s app and website.

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Sports 18- Official TV Broadcaster

Viacom18 won the rights, which include global television as well as digital rights, which were acquired for INR9.51 billion ($116.4 million) with each match valued at $868,000. The advertising options available for advertisers are:

1. Studio Title Sponsorship

2. Sponsored Segments

3. In Show Product Integration


How to use the IPL audience targeting options to maximum effect: Some Examples

1.  Targeting Southern States: Pothys


About the brand: Pothys is a chain of textile showrooms in South India. Originally they exclusively sold silk sarees, but today they have expanded their brands to all types of garments.

Reason to select the targeting option: Pothys specialises in silk sarees which is particularly very popular in the Southern part of India. Women in southern states prefer silk sarees for festive, or special occasions. Considering WPL will attract significant female viewership, targeting the Southern States region like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, and Karnataka can help the brand to reach out to the audience in target geographies only. 

2.  Targeting Metro Cities: Giva


About the brand: GIVA Jewellery is an online luxury goods and jewellery platform for affordable silver jewellery and accessories.

Reason to select the targeting option: GIVA Jewellery’s target market is urban working women since it’s an online luxury brand. In fact the message and narrative chosen by the brand is aimed at women belonging to the urban metro cities aka premium audience. Women’s Premier League is expected to attract a lot of women belonging to metro cities who may or may not be cricket enthusiasts but would watch it for the ‘women in blue’. Targeting metro cities for GIVA can help it to reach out to audiences based in metro cities. 

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With their expertise in sports advertising, proven results, creative solutions, strategic planning, and data-driven approach, brands can be confident that they are in good hands with this agency. Whether you are looking to reach a large and diverse audience or connect with fans in a memorable way, The Media Ant has the expertise and experience to help you achieve your goals.

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