The historic day in Indian Women’s cricket is due on 13 February as the mega auction for the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) will take place on Monday. The much-anticipated player auction will be convened at the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai. As many as 409 players including top players from the world will undergo the hammer with 90 slots available.
As the players and the stakeholders wait for the biggest day in cricket, Indian men’s cricketers extended their wishes to the cricketers. India captain Rohit Sharma, veteran spinner R Ashwin, and wicketkeeper batter Dinesh Karthik talked about the WPL 2023 Auction. While Ashwin said that this will change the landscape of Women’s cricket in India forever, Karthik said that he is really looking forward to the league getting underway.
“In the last five years, women’s cricket around the world has really picked up and luckily for me, I was a part of another tournament in England where I could see the kind of interest young girls had in coming and watching matches, to see their heroes play and now that will happen in India. That’s what you want. You want young girls to look at their heroes and what they do on daily basis and that is something I am really looking forward to,” said Karthik in a video shared by BCCI.
“It has certainly opened a lot of avenues for cricketers around the world to showcase their talent and showcase what they have because it is a massive stage. We know what because we have seen this with the men’s league and the women’s league is going to be no different. So, I would like to wish everyone the very best,” said Rohit Sharma.
Notably, the WPL 2023 Auction will see 246 Indian players along with 163 overseas players of which eight players are from associate nations will undergo the hammer on Monday. The five franchises will have 12 crores to spend.