WPL 2024 auction – Chamari Athapaththu, Deandra Dottin, Kim Garth among 165 players to go under the hammer

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Chamari Athapaththu, Deandra Dottin and Shabnim Ismail are among a pool of 165 players who will go under the hammer during the second WPL auction in Mumbai on December 9. Among the top capped India players listed in the final pool are Veda Krishnamurthy, S Meghana, Meghna Singh and Devika Vaidya. The five franchises will have a combined 30 slots to fill, including nine for overseas players.

Only two players – West Indies batter Dottin and Australia pacer Kim Garth – have placed themselves in the highest bracket, at a base price of INR 50 lakh (USD 60,000 approx), while Sri Lanka captain Athapaththu, the second-highest run-getter at the WBBL, has listed her base price at INR 30 lakh. She went unsold at the 2023 auction.

Dottin was signed for INR 60 lakh ahead of the inaugural season by Gujarat Giants, but was withdrawn from the squad days before the tournament. At the time, the Giants said Dottin was “recovering from a medical situation”, a claim she disputed publicly. Dottin was subsequently replaced by Garth, who was let go ahead of the retention deadline.

The Australian pair of Annabel Sutherland and Georgia Wareham, along with England wicketkeeper Amy Jones and Ismail are bracketed in the second-highest category, with a base price of INR 40 lakh. Like Garth, Sutherland and Wareham were picked up by Giants for the inaugural season before being released. Ismail featured in just three matches for UP Warriorz, while Jones went unsold.

Thailand batter Natthakan Chantham and USA’s Tara Norris are among 15 Associate players in the auction pool, which also has representation from Netherlands, Scotland, UAE and Hong Kong. Norris, the left-arm seamer, was the only Associate player that featured in the inaugural season. She picked up seven wickets in five games Delhi Capitals, including the tournament’s first five-for.

Giants, who finished last, offloaded more than half their squad ahead of the second season. As a result, they have the biggest purse (INR 5.95 crore) and also the maximum slots to fill (10). Defending champions Mumbai have the least budget (INR 2.1 crore).

The inaugural season comprised 22 matches and was played in three venues across Mumbai. The BCCI is in the process of finalising the dates for the second season, which is expected to be held in February. It’s also likely the tournament will be played in multiple cities, with Mumbai and Bangalore the favourites among them.

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