The inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) auction on Monday (February 13) has opted for a female auctioneer. According to WPL 2023 Player Auction Rules, the BCCI said, Malika Advani, a Mumbai based art collector consultant for Modern and Contemporary Indian art and partner in Art India Consultants firm, will oversee the auction on Monday (February 13).

Hugh Edmeades, Richard Madley or Charu Sharma have conducted the IPL auctions, in the past.

The BCCI has also informed the teams that each of them is needed to have at least 15 players. The minimum squad spend should be INR 9 crore. The value of the full purse is INR 12 crore and each side is allowed to buy only six foreign players.

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Says the BCCI communication, “The franchisees are reminded of the WPL squad rules with respect to minimum (15) and maximum (18) squad size, minimum squad spend (INR 9 crore) and the maximum number of overseas players in the squad (6).”

WPL Auction on February 13th

A total of 409 players will go under the hammer. From them 246 are Indians and 163 overseas players. Eight players are from the associate nations. The players will be presented in sets on the basis of specialism – marquee players, batters, allrounders, wicketkeepers, fast bowlers, spin bowlers and emerging players.

The players in the auction register have five different slabs of base prices – INR 50 lakh, INR 40 lakh, INR 30 lakh, INR 20 lakh and INR 10 lakh, with 24 players choosing to be slotted in the top bracket. Deepti Sharma, Shafali Verma, Ellyse Perry, Sophie Ecclestone are among the players with the highest base price. Thirty players have enrolled with INR 40 lakh as their base price.

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