In a riveting turn of events at the Women's Premier League T20 auction held in Mumbai, Australian cricketer Annabel Sutherland was snapped up by the Delhi Capitals for a striking $364,000 after a fierce bidding war. The 22-year-old Melbourne all-rounder became the equal-most expensive player at the auction, her price tag only second to fellow Australian Ash Gardner's $558,000 earlier this year.
Annabel Sutherland: A Star Rising
Sutherland's soaring value is attributed to her sterling performance, including her maiden Test century against England in the Ashes series. This young cricket prodigy has been turning heads with her remarkable talent, making her a hot commodity in this year's auction.
WPL T20 Season Awaited
The Women's Premier League T20 season, scheduled to commence in February 2024, is already brimming with anticipation. Other Australian players, such as Phoebe Litchfield, Lauren Cheatle, Georgia Wareham, and Sophie Molineux, were also bought by various teams. However, several Australians who performed well in domestic leagues, including the WBBL, did not get picked in the auction. The WPL has a cap of 30 international players, many of whom have been retained by their franchises.
Australians Making Their Mark
Among the Australians retained are cricket stalwarts like Meg Lanning, Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, and Alyssa Healy. In a surprising twist, uncapped Indian player Kashvee Gautam was purchased by the Gurujat Giants for the same price as Sutherland, highlighting the breadth and diversity of talent in the WPL.