Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur

The inaugural WPL auction to be held on February 13

The inaugural auction for the Women’s Premier League will be held on February 13th at the Jio World Convention Center in Mumbai. The first-of-its-kind auction will see 409 players go under the hammer. Out of those 409, 246 are Indians, and the rest 163 are foreign players.

As per a BCCI statement, “INR 50 Lakhs is the highest reserve price with 24 players choosing to be slotted in the highest bracket. Team India Captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, and India’s Under-19 T20 World Cup-winning captain Shafali Verma are amongst the few Indians who have slotted themselves in the highest bracket.”

The BCCI report further added, “13 overseas players have also slotted themselves under the INR 50 Lakh reserve price with the likes of Ellyse Perry, Sophie Ecclestone, Sophie Devine & Deandra Dottin, to name a few. 30 players are on the auction list with a base price of INR 40 Lakh.”

Each team is allowed to build a squad of a maximum of 18 players, including a maximum of six overseas players. There are five base prices under which the players can register themselves – 50 lakhs INR, 40 lakhs INR, 30 lakhs INR, 20 lakhs INR, and 10 lakhs INR.

The inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League is set to be played in Mumbai from 4th – 26th March 2023. A total of 22 matches will be played, with the Brabourne Stadium & D.Y. Patil Stadium playing hosts to the marquee tournament.