The first season of WPL starting with five teams will start in March, for which players will be auctioned on 13 February.
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As the days are progressing, the curiosity is also increasing. Curiosity – The opening of the first season of the Women’s Premier League. WPL will start for the first time with five teams and the first season of the tournament will be played in March. The five franchises of the tournament have been announced, which have already grabbed a lot of headlines. Before the start of the tournament, now the next and most important stage is the auction of the players and now the situation is becoming clear on this too. According to the information, on February 13, there will be the first auction in the history of WPL.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India had announced the auction of the five franchises of WPL only last month, in which Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Delhi got the right to form teams. Even before this, however, the board had started the registration window for the players’ auction, in which players from almost all major and minor teams registered their names. Now just waiting for the auction to start.
Auction on February 13, sale of 90 players
Although no official announcement has been made by the BCCI regarding the auction yet, but ESPN-Cricinfo has told that the players will be auctioned for the first season on February 13. Along with this, the place has also been decided. This auction will be held in Mumbai. Earlier there was an attempt to organize it on February 6 but due to various reasons it could not be possible. Only 90 players can also be bought in this auction.
Such are the rules of the auction
If we talk about the auction process, then some information has also come out on this. It was already known that the franchisees would have an auction purse of Rs 12 crore. That is, there will be only Rs 12 crore to buy players, which is very modest in comparison to IPL’s Rs 95 crore, but being the first season, it has been kept low.
At the same time, franchisees will be allowed to make a squad of maximum 18 players, which is IPL 25. No franchise can keep less than 15 players.
In these 18, only a maximum of 7 foreign players can be bought, out of which at least one should be from the teams of associate countries. As far as the playing eleven is concerned, teams can field maximum five foreign players, but in that case the fifth player should be from the associate team.