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The inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) player auction is likely to take place on February 11 in New Delhi or February 13 in Mumbai. A final decision will be made by the BCCI this week.

The BCCI has earmarked two venues in Mumbai – Brabourne Stadium and the DY Patil Cricket Academy in Navi Mumbai – to host the 22 matches that will comprise the inaugural WPL season.

The key reason for limiting the tournament to one city is the potential logistical challenges the BCCI fears it could face due to the WPL starting close on the heels of the Women’s T20 World Cup, which ends in South Africa on February 26. With less than a week available to fly to India, playing at just two venues in the same city would remove travel obstacles and keep players ready for the matches that will be played in a tight window.

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