In a whirlwind of bidding, the Women's Premier League (WPL) 2024 auction culminated in Mumbai, spotlighting remarkable signings, shocking omissions, and record-breaking buys. A total of 165 players, comprised of 61 overseas stars, were up for grabs, with teams contesting fiercely to secure a maximum of 30 coveted positions.
A Record Buy for the Giants
Gujarat Giants emerged as impactful players in the arena, signing India's uncapped prodigy, Kashvee Gautam, for a staggering INR 2 crore. This move has etched Gautam's name in the annals of the WPL as the most expensive uncapped acquisition in auction history. Adding to their impressive haul, the Giants also secured Australia's Phoebe Litchfield for INR 1 crore.
Key Acquisitions and Surprising Omissions
Delhi Capitals made a significant splash in the auction pool by acquiring Australian sensation Annabel Sutherland for a hefty INR 2 crore, matching the Giants' record-breaking purchase. UP Warriorz also flexed their financial muscle, securing uncapped Vrinda Dinesh for INR 1.3 crore. Mumbai Indians fortified their roster by adding South African power-player Shabnim Ismail for INR 1.2 crore.
However, not all players felt the warm embrace of the auction. High-profile players like West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin and Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu, along with Ireland's Kim Garth and several other cricketers, surprisingly remained unsold.
The Final Tally
The adrenaline-fueled auction concluded with all five WPL teams collectively spending a total of INR 12.75 crore to sign 30 players, including nine overseas stars. Notable last-round signings included India's Veda Krishnamurthy by RCB for INR 30 lakh, and Gujarat Giants' acquisition of Tarannum Pathan for INR 10 lakh. With the auction's conclusion, the teams finalized their squads, setting the stage for an electrifying WPL season.