WPL Auction 2024: 165 Players Set For Auction on December 9. The second Women’s Premier League (WPL) auction for the upcoming 2024 season will be scheduled for December 9 in Mumbai. Five teams collectively retained 60 players, including 21 overseas cricketers, and released 29 players.
Nevertheless, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Saturday that 165 players have registered for the upcoming Women’s Premier League (WPL) auction. Notable capped Indian players in the final pool include Veda Krishnamurthy, S Meghana, Meghna Singh, and Devika Vaidya. The five franchises aim to fill 30 slots, including nine for overseas players.
The auction list comprises 104 Indian players and 61 overseas players, with 15 from associate nations. Among the five teams, 30 slots are up for grabs, including nine for international players. Notably, West Indies’ Deandra Dottin and Australia’s Kim Garth set the highest base price at INR 50 lakh.
Teams played the inaugural season, featuring 22 matches, across three venues in Mumbai. The BCCI is currently finalizing the dates for the second season, which is anticipated in February. However, there are indications that the tournament might span multiple cities, with Mumbai and Bengaluru likely to be among the featured venues.
WPL Auction 2024: All Teams Purse
Delhi Capitals, the 2023 WPL runners-up, head into the 2024 auction with a budget of Rs 2.25 crore, aiming to fill up to three spots. Gujarat Giants, restructuring more than half their squad, boast the largest purse among the teams, Rs 5.95 crores, to address ten vacancies.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians plan to fill up to five seats in the auction with a budget of Rs 2.1 crore, while Royal Challengers Bangalore possess seven open slots and a purse of Rs 3.35 crore. UP Warriorz will bring a Rs 4 crore budget to the auction to fill five spots.
In the WPL 2023 auction, Gujarat Giants acquired Dottin for Rs 60 lakh, but controversy ensued as they withdrew her before the season commenced. Kim replaced her in the squad; however, the Gujarat franchise released the 27-year-old Australian among the 11 players during the off-season.
Australian all-rounders Annabel Sutherland and Georgia Wareham, English wicket-keeper Amy Jones, and seasoned South African pacer Shabnim Ismail are among the four players who have established a base price of Rs 40 lakh.