It's been years in the making but the BCCI's Women's Premier League finally gets underway on Saturday as women's T20 cricket takes centrestage in Mumbai over the next few weeks.
The opening match of the debut season of the 5-team tournament will see Gujarat Giants taking on Mumbai Indians at Mumbai's DY Patil, starting 8pm IST. The toss will take place at 7:30pm.
However, the board has lined-up a star-studded show to open the tournament, with an hour long performance by some of the biggest names in Bollywood and the music industry.
"The gates will open for fans at 4.00pm IST and they will be able to witness the grand opening ceremony which will start at 6:25pm IST," said the BCCI's media statement on Saturday.
Kiara Advani, Kriti Sanon and AP Dhillon will all be performing on Saturday evening, according to a post shared on the WPL's social media handles.
The tickets that were put on sale on an online portal have since been sold out.
The Mumbai Indians franchise is being led by Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur while Gujarat appointed Aussie Beth Mooney their skipper.
"This is a big opportunity for me and I'm looking to take it with both hands. Hopefully I'll be able to deliver my hundred percent. I will give my best in every way," said Harmanpreet about being handed the captaincy while speaking to the media on Thursday.
BCCI has marked the tickets for WPL matches to start at Rs 100, going up to Rs 400. The entry for all women and young girls has been made free.
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