WPL 2024 Auction: Uncapped youngster along with Australian star are the most expensive picks

The total spending in the 2024 WPL Auction was ₹12,75,00,000.


WPL 2024 Auction: Uncapped youngster along with Australian star are the most expensive picks

The WPL auction is conducted by Mallika Sagar (Image via WPL)

The Women’s Premier League, or WPL, held its 2nd auction on 9th December to decide which teams will buy which star. The 5 teams had only 30 slots in their teams and spent a combined ₹12,75,00,000. All teams filled up their maximum 18 players, with 9 overseas players being sold. 

Uncapped Indian all-rounder, Kashvee Gautam from Chandigarh, was sold to Gujarat Giants for ₹2.00 crore. From a base price of ₹10 lakhs, the bidding went up to ₹2 crore, which makes her the most expensive uncapped player. Along with her, Australian Annabel Sutherland was sold to Delhi Capitals for the same price. 

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The most expensive capped Indian was Vrinda Dinesh, who was bought by UP Warriorz for ₹1.3 crore. The other two players to cross bids worth ₹1 crore were Australian batter Phoebe Litchfield and South African pacer Shabmin Ismail. The two went for ₹1 Crore and ₹1.2 Crore. 

International stars like Chamari Athapaththu, Deandra Dottin, Tammy Beamount, Lea Tahuhu and Alana King went unsold. Some of the biggest surprises were Indians Punam Raut, Priya Punia, going unsold. 

When and Where will the 2024 Women’s Premier League be played?  

165 players were put under the hammer, but only 30 were sold. The 30 players were sold for a combined value of ₹12,75,00,000. Kashvee Gautam and Annabel Sutherland were the most expensive buys with them being sold for ₹2 crore each. 

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The stage for the WPL Auction (Image via WPL)

The possible window for the 2024 WPL to be held is Mid-February to March. Just like last season, the entire tournament could be played in the city of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. There were reports of the tournament being played in Bangalore as well, depending on the availability of the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Mumbai Indians will look to defend their title, but with the remaining 4 teams now reinforcing their squad thanks to the Auction, it could be anyone’s title.

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