The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah has stated that the upcoming second edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024, which is expected to be held from February 22 to March 17, will be hosted in one state this time to avoid logistical issues.
The WPL 2024 player auction concluded on Saturday, December 9, in Mumbai. 165 top cricketers were auctioned off in the big auction, with 104 Indians and 61 overseas stars among them. In the WPL auction, 15 players from Associate Nations were also registered. Thirty players were sold during the massive WPL 2024 auction.
What is the Women’s Premier League (WPL)?
The Women’s Premier League (WPL) is an Indian franchise competition for women’s Twenty20 cricket. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) owns and operates it.
The first season is underway in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, with five franchises competing. Cricket is a game that acts like a uniting force between nations and their people.
In the 2024 Women’s Premier League, Kashvee Gautam, a 20-year-old all-rounder from Chandigarh, was the most expensive Indian to join the Gujarat Giants for a hefty Rs 2 crore. Annabel Sutherland, an Australian all-rounder, was the most expensive overseas player, having been sold to the Delhi Capitals for Rs 2 crore. UP Warriorz signed Vrinda Dinesh of Karnataka for Rs 1.30 crore. Chamari Athapaththu, a Sri Lankan all-rounder, remained unsold.
Jay Shah further stated that the regulatory board will hold a sit-in with WPL franchises soon to decide the venue. Essentially, it is a joint decision by the franchises and the BCCI. “We’ll sit down and make a decision together. But it will undoubtedly be in one state.”
The BCCI secretary stated that site selection must be done carefully in order to avoid clashes with domestic matches.
“We’ll have to see where we can find a venue.” Domestic matches are taking place in Gujarat, Chandigarh, and Ranchi. “We don’t just want to organize Women’s Premier League matches in Mumbai,” he explained.
According to the BCCI secretary, the Women’s Premier League will be even more successful in 2024.