WPL 2023: Mandhana bags highest bid of INR 3.4 cr from RCB; Sciver-Brunt fetches 3.2 cr bid from MI
Updated: Mar 11
WPL Player Auction 2023: Top five expensive buys, Players Sold, Full Team Details and Purse Remaining from Women's Premier League Auction 2023.
The inaugural auction for the Women’s Premier League (WPL) was held on February 13 in Mumbai. Five teams that participated in the auction are Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Giants, UP Warriorz and Delhi Capitals.
A total of 87 players were signed up by all five teams, out of a total of 409 players who participated in the auction, 30 of them being overseas players. The total amount spent by the teams is INR 59 crore and 50 lakh.
Every team had a maximum purse of INR 12 crore, and they were allowed to rope in a minimum of 15 players and a maximum of 18 players out of which a maximum of six overseas players were allowed to be bought at the auction.
Biggest Buys from WPL Auction 2023
INR 3.4 Crore
Royal Challengers Bangalore
INR 3.2 Crore
INR 3.2 Crore
INR 2.6 Crore
INR 2.2 Crore
Royal Challengers Bangalore Women
Royal Challengers Bangalore placed the highest bid of INR 3.4 crore for India Women vice-captain and power-hitting batter Smriti Mandhana; with this bidding she became the costliest player in women’s cricket history. RCB’s top three buys are Smriti Mandhana (3.4 crore), Richa Ghosh (1.9 crore) and England’s Ellyse Perry (1.7 crore).
RCB Squad: Smriti Mandhana (3.4 crore), Sophie Devine (50 lakh), Ellyse Perry (1.7 crore), Renuka Singh (1.5 crore), Richa Ghosh (1.9 crore), Erin Burns (30 lakh), Disha Kasat (10 lakh), Indrani Roy (10 lakh), Shreyanka Patil (10 lakh), Kanika Ahuja (35 lakh), Asha Shobana (10 lakh), Heather Knight (40 lakh), Dane van Niekerk (30 lakh), Preeti Bose (30 lakh), Poonam Khemnar (10 lakh), Komal Zanzad (10 lakh), Megan Schutt (40 lakh), Sahana Pawar (30 lakh)
At the end of the auction, Royal Challengers Bangalore exhausted all their funds, they bought a total of 18 players of which six are overseas players.
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Mumbai Indians Women
Mumbai Indians’ first buy was India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur for INR 1.8 crore, but their highest buy is England’s pace bowler Natalie Sciver-Brunt for INR 3.2 crore.
MI Squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (1.8 crore), Nat Sciver-Brunt (3.2 crore), Amelia Kerr (1 crore), Pooja Vastrakar (1.9 crore), Yastika Bhatia (1.5 crore), Heather Graham (30 lakh), Issy Wong (30 lakh), Amanjot Kaur (50 lakh), Dhara Gujjar (10 lakh), Shaika Ishaque (10 lakh), Hayley Matthews (40 lakh), Chloe Tryon (30 lakh), Humaira Kazi (1 lakh), Priyanka Bala (20 lakh), Sonam Yadav (10 lakh), Jintimani Kalita (10 lakh), Neelam Bisht (10 lakh)
At the end of the auction, Mumbai had used up all their funds; they bought a total of 17 players and six of them are overseas players.
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Gujarat Giants Women
Gujarat Giants bid the highest amount of INR 3.2 crore for Australia all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner, who became the costliest overseas player in the WPL auction this year. Their top three buys were Ashleigh Gardner for INR 3.2 crore, Beth Mooney for INR 2 crore and Sneh Rana and Georgia Wareham each for INR 75 lakh.
GG Squad: Ashleigh Gardner (3.2 crore), Beth Mooney (2 crore), Sophia Dunkley (60 lakh), Annabel Sutherland (70 lakh), Harleen Deol (40 lakh), Deandra Dottin (60 lakh), Sneh Rana (75 lakh), S Meghana (30 lakh), Georgia Wareham (75 lakh), Mansi Joshi (30 lakh), D Hemalatha (30 lakh), Tanuja Kanwar (50 lakh), Monica Patel (30 lakh), Sushma Verma (60 lakh), Hurley Gala (10 lakh), Ashwani Kumari (35 lakh), Parunika Sisodia (10 lakh), Shabnam MD (10 lakh)
At the end of the auction Gujarat Giants still had remaining funds of INR 5 lakh. They bought a total of 18 players of which six are overseas players.
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UP Warriorz Women
UP Warriorz bid the highest amount of INR 2.6 crore for India all-rounder Deepti Sharma. Their costliest overseas player was Australian bowler Sophie Ecclestone for INR 1.8 crore. Deepti Sharma could lead UP Warriorz.
UP Warriorz Squad: Sophie Ecclestone (1.8 crore), Deepti Sharma (2.6 crore), Tahlia McGrath (1.4 crore), Shabnim Ismail (1 crore), Alyssa Healy (70 lakh), Anjali Sarvani (55 lakh), Rajeshwari Gayakwad (40 lakh), Parshavi Chopra (10 lakh), Shweta Sehrawat (40 lakh), S Yashasri (10 lakh), Kiran Navgire (30 lakh), Grace Harris (75 lakh), Devika Vaidya (1.4 crore), Lauren Bell (30 lakh), Laxmi Yadav (10 lakh), Simran Shaikh (10 lakh)
Out of all five teams that participated in the auction, UP just managed to buy 16 players of which six are overseas players, and in the end, they exhausted all their funds.
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Delhi Capitals Women
Delhi Capitals bid the highest amount of INR 2.2 crore for India batter Jemimah Rodrigues. Their costliest buy was Shafali Verma for INR 2 crore, while South Africa all-rounder Marizanne Kapp was their costliest overseas player for INR 1.5 crore. Australia skipper Meg Lanning could lead the team. Their lowest amount bid went for Aparna Mondal for INR 10 lakh.
DC Squad: Jemimah Rodrigues (2.2 crore), Meg Lanning (1.1 crore), Shafali Verma (2 crore), Radha Yadav (40 lakh), Shikha Pandey (60 lakh), Marizanne Kapp (1.5 crore), Titas Sadhu (25 lakh), Alice Capsey (75 lakh), Tara Norris (10 lakh), Laura Harris (45 lakh), Jasia Akther (20 lakh), Minnu Mani (30 lakh), Taniya Bhatia (30 lakh), Jess Jonassen (50 lakh), Sneha Deepthi (30 lakh), Poonam Yadav (30 lakh), Arundhati Reddy (30 lakh), Aparna Mondal (10 lakh)
At the end of the auction, Delhi Capitals had a fund of INR 35 lakh remaining in their kitty. They bought a total of 18 players of which six are overseas players.
BCCI had earlier confirmed that the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League will be played from March 4 to 26, 2023 in Mumbai at the Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium.
*All amount in INR