The Women’s Premier League auction will take place in Mumbai on February 13. Out of 409 cricketers, only 90, including 30 overseas, will be sold to five franchises.
Women’s Premier League auction will be held in Mumbai on February 13. (PTI Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: India captain Rohit Sharma and bowling all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin wished women players and franchises for the Women’s Premier League (WPL) auction, which is scheduled to take place on February 13 in Mumbai.
A total of 409 cricketers will go under the hammer after 1525 players registered for the inaugural five-team tournament. Out of 409, 246 are Indians and 163 are overseas players, of which eight are from associate nations. The total capped players are 202, uncapped players are 199 and eight from associate nations.
A maximum of 90 slots are available with the five teams, with 30 being slotted for overseas players. 24 India players have selected to be slotted in the INR 50 Lakhs (highest reserve price) bracket. 13 overseas players have slotted themselves on the INR 50 Lakh reserve price, while 30 players are in the list with a base price of INR 40 Lakh.
On the eve of the auction, Rohit and Ashwin shared their views on women’s cricket, saying the Women’s Premier League will change the landscape of women’s cricket.
“A historic thing has happened in Indian cricket. The Women’s Premier League will take place in a few days’ time. The auction will happen. I just want to wish all 5 teams all the very best. There are more than 400 players who will go under the hammer, nervous time but exciting time as well,” said Rohit in a BCCI video.
Ashwin added: “It was about time the women of our country got the opportunity to compete at the highest level. Really, the women’s team has done exceedingly well. They have been very very good in the World Cups. Over the last few years, we have seen the Women’s T20 Challenge go really well. Now that TV rights and franchises have been sold for incredible cost, I can only hope that the landscape of the game for women changes forever.”