14 Feb 2023

Women's Premier League Auction: 87 Players Sold, 57 Indians; 20 Players Became Crorepatis

Mumbai: The auction for the first Women's Premier League (WPL) is over. India's batter Smriti Mandhana was the costliest at the auction held at the Jio Convention Center in Mumbai. She was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 3.40 crore.

Costliest overseas players

Australia's Ashley Gardner and England's Natalie Sciver Brunt were the costliest overseas players. Both were bought for Rs 3.20 crore.

The five franchises - Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Giants, Royal Challengers Bangalore and UP Warriors picked what they thought would be the best combination ahead of the tournament.

448 cricketers went under the hammer

A total of 448 cricketers went under the hammer - of which 269 were Indians and 179 overseas (19 of those players were from the Associate Nations).

On Monday, 87 players were bought in the auction which lasted for about 6 hours. These included 30 foreign and 57 Indian players. 

Delhi, Gujarat and Bangalore bought maximum 18 players each. While UP bought the least number of 16 players. At the same time, Mumbai included 17 players in their team.

Five teams spent Rs 59 crore 50 lakh in auction

Five teams spent Rs 59 crore 50 lakh in the auction. A total of 20 players became crorepatis, out of which 10 were foreigners and 10 were Indians.

England's Sciver-Brunt joined Mumbai Indians. She shares the league's most expensive overseas player's honour with Australia's Ashley Gardner, currently the top-ranked T20 all-rounder, who joined Gujarat Giants for the same amount.

Delhi Capitals signed Australia captain Meg Lanning for Rs 1.10 crores.

Bangalore put together an impressive line-up signing Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry, India wicketkeeper-batter Richa Ghosh and New Zealand captain Sophie Devine.

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