The Women’s Premier League (WPL), an upcoming women’s Twenty20 league is a cricket franchise in India owned by the Board of Control of Cricket in India. As the inaugural season of the WPL season is approaching, the fans are anticipating it. Featuring the best players in the globe, WPL 2023 will surely be a success like the IPL. The league will surely provide ample opportunities for women players across the country like the IPL helped the Men to showcase their class and talent.
The WPL 2023 schedule is already fixed and the tournament will start on March 4. There will be 22 matches including the semi-finals and finals. The DY Patil Stadium in Pune and the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai will host the matches. 5 teams will participate in the tournament which are Gujarat Giants, Mumbai Indians, UP Warriors, Delhi Capitals, and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The WPL 2023 Auction has been conducted and more than 400 national and international players were participated in the auction. The top-class players were brought by different franchises and the highest paid player in WPL 2023 is Smriti Mandhana who was brought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for 3.4 crores. Nat Sciver was the second highest, who was brought by Mumbai Indians for 3.2 crores. Let’s take a look at the players and their auction prices.
WPL Auction 2023: Players List, Auction price & Teams
|WPL Auction 2023 Players List||WPL Auction 2023 Price||WPL 2023 Team|
|Smriti Mandana||Rs 3.4 Crore||RCB|
|Nat Sciver||Rs 3.2 Crore||UP Warriorz|
|Ashleigh Gardener||Rs 3.2 Crore||Gujarat Giants|
|Deepti Sharma||Rs 2.6 Crore||UP Warriorz|
|Jemimah Rodrigues||Rs 2.2 Crore||Delhi Capitals|
|Shafali Verma||Rs 2.0 Crore||Delhi Capitals|
|Beth Mooney||Rs 2 Crore||Gujarat Giants|
|Pooja Vastraka||Rs 1.9 Crore||Mumbai Indians|
|Richa Ghosh||Rs 1.9 Crore||RCB|
|Sophie Ecclestone||Rs 1.8 Crore||UP Warriorz|
|Ellyse Perry||Rs 1.7 Crore||RCB|
|Harmanpreet Kaur||Rs 1.6 Crore||Mumbai Indians|
|Renuka Singh||Rs 1.5 Crore||RCB|
|Yastika Bhatia||Rs 1.5 Crore||Mumbai Indians|
|Tahlia Mcgrath||Rs 1.4 Crore||Mumbai Indians|
|Shabnim Ismail||Rs 1 Crore||UP Warriorz|
|Amelia Kerr||Rs 1 Crore||Mumbai Indians|
|Annabel Sutherland||Rs 70 Lakh||Gujarat Giants|
|Alyssa Healy||Rs 70 Lakh||UP Warriorz|
|Sophia Dunkley||Rs 60 lakh||Gujarat Giants|
|Deandra Dottin||Rs 60 Lakh||Gujarat Giants|
|Meg Lanning||Rs 50 Lakh||Delhi Capitals|
|Sophie Devine||Rs 50 Lakh||RCB|
|Harleen Deol||Rs 40 lakh||Gujarat Giants|
WPL 2023 Teams
The WPL 2023 will start on 4th March and the schedule for the matches has been already ready. Now let’s take a look at the WPL team squad.
- UP Warriorz (UPW)
The UP Warriorz team is owned by Capri Global Holdings Pvt Ltd with an amount of ₹757 crores. Jon Lewis will be their head coach. They bought many excellent players like Deepti Sharma and Sophie Ecclestone to win the tournament. Alyssa Healy will lead the team for the league.
Squad: Deepti Sharma, Sophie Ecclestone, Devika Vaidya, Tahlia Mcgrath, Shabnim Ismail, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Anjali Sarvani , Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shweta Sehrawat, Kiran Navgire, Lauren Bell, Laxmi Yadav, Parshavi Chopra, S. Yashasri, Simran Shaikh.
2. Gujarat Giants
The Gautam Adani owned Gujarat Giants team worth a sum of ₹1289 crores. Rachael Haynes will be the head coach of the team with top picks of players like Ashleigh Gardner, Beth Mooney, and Sneh Rana.
Squad: Ashleigh Gardner, Beth Mooney, Georgia Wareham, Sneh Rana, Annabel Sutherland, Deandra Dottin, Sophia Dunkley, Harleen Deol, Sushma Verma, Tanuja Kanwer, Dayalan Hemalatha, Ashwani Kumari, Mansi Joshi, Monica Patel, Hurley Gala, Parunika Sisodia, Sabbineni Meghana, Shabnam Shakil.
3. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCBW)
The Diageo owned Royal Challengers Bangalore Women team worth a sum of 901 crores. The top pick of the team is Indian batter Smriti Mandhana and she will lead the side in the league. Ben Sawyer will be their head coach.
Squad: Smriti Mandhana, Richa Ghosh, Ellyse Perry, Renuka Singh, Sophie Devine, Heather Knight, Megan Schutt, Kanika Ahuja, Dané Van Niekerk, Erin Burns, Preeti Bose, Komal Zanzad, Poonam Khemnar, Asha Shobana, Sahana Pawar, Disha Kasat, Indrani Roy, Shreyanka Patil.
4. Delhi Capital (DCW)
The Delhi Capitals women team is owned by JSW Group and GMR Group with a sum of ₹810 crores. Jonathan Batty is the head coach of the side with top picks of Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Alice Capsey and many other super picks.
Squad: Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Marizanne Kapp, Meg Lanning, Alice Capsey, Shikha Pandey, Jess Jonassen, Laura Harris, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Minnu Mani, Poonam Yadav, Sneha Deepthi, Taniyaa Bhatia, Titas Sadhu, Jasia Akhter, Aparna Mondal, Tara Norris.
5. Mumbai Indians (MIW)
Mumbai Indians women’s team is owned by Reliance Industries with a sum of ₹912.99 crores. Indian Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur is auctioned for the team and she will lead the side in the tournament. Charlotte Edwards will be the head coach.
Squad: Natalie Sciver, Pooja Vastrakar, Harmanpreet Kaur, Yastika Bhatia, Amelia Kerr, Amanjot Kaur, Hayley Matthews, Chloe Tryon, Heather Graham, Isabelle Wong, Priyanka Bala, Dhara Gujjar, Humairaa Kaazi, Jintimani Kalita, Neelam Bisht, Saika Ishaque, Sonam Yadav.