The mini auction for the second season of the Women's Premier League (WPL) will be held on December 9 in Mumbai. 165 players have registered for the auction, of which 104 are Indian and 61 are foreign players. Among the foreigners, 15 players are also from associate nations. At present only 30 players are vacant in 5 teams, out of which 9 slots are reserved for foreign players. The tournament may start in the third week of February next year. It is likely to end by the second week of March.
The base price of only 2 players in the WPL auction list is Rs 50 lakh. These include Deandra Dottin of West Indies and Kim Garth of Australia. The base price of 4 players is Rs 40 lakh, which includes England's wicketkeeper Amy Jones, South Africa's fast bowler Shabnim Ismail, Australia's Annabel Sutherland and Georgia Wareham.
Sri Lankan captain Chamari Atapattu is among the players with a base price of Rs 30 lakh. She was unsold last season. Last season's unsold players Veda Krishnamurthy, Danny Wyatt, Phoebe Litchfield, Lee Tahuhu and Tammy Beaumont will also remain at the base price of Rs 30 lakh this time.
Of the 165 players who registered in the WPL auction, 56 have experience of playing T-20 International. There are 109 uncapped players who have not made their international debut. There will be 61 foreign players in the auction, which also includes 15 players from Associate Nations. American left arm pacer Tara Norris will also be among the associate players, who has played for Delhi in Season 1.
Among the 5 teams of WPL, Gujarat Giants have the highest purse of Rs 5.95 crore left, from which they have to buy 10 players. UP Warriors have to buy 5 players and Royal Challengers Bangalore have to buy 7 players. UP has a purse of Rs 4 crore and RCB has Rs 3.35 crore left. Season-1 champion Mumbai Indians has the least amount of Rs 2.1 crore left, from which they have to buy 5 players. Runner-up Delhi Capitals has Rs 2.25 crore left, from which they have to buy only 3 players.
All the teams have a total purse of Rs 15 crore, but before the auction the teams also retained many players. All five teams will enter the auction with the same purse that remains after retaining the income.
The first season of the Women's Premier League (WPL) was played between March 4 and 26 this year. Mumbai Indians won the title by defeating Delhi Capitals in the final. Mumbai was captained by Harmanpreet Kaur and Delhi by Meg Lanning. 5 teams had participated in the first season, only 5 teams will participate in the second season also.