Sutherland shines at WIPL Auction

THE second Women’s Indian Premier League (WIPL) Auction took place over night in India, with a few big names earning lucrative contracts in the fledging competition.

Much like last year’s auction Australians dominated the internationals who were picked up.

Of the nine international players picked up in the auction, there were five Australians, two Englishwoman, one South African and one Scot.

The most expensive player of the night was Annabel Sutherland. The young Aussie quick, who had previously played for Gujarat but was released, was picked up by Delhi for 200 lakh (A$364,000). Her price makes her the second most expensive player ever – behind Ash Gardner in last year’s auction – and she will now join her Melbourne Stars coach Jonathan Batty, her Stars captain Meg Lanning and fellow Aussies Jess Jonassen and Laura Harris at the Capitals,.

Another Aussie that Gujarat had let go but found a new home was Georgia Wareham, who was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for 40 lakh (A$73,000). She was not the only Victorian picked up by the Royal Challengers, with Sophie Molineux also picked up by the Bangalore side.

Speaking of the Giants, they also picked up two young Australians, with Phoebe Litchfield and Lauren Cheatle set to join Rachael Haynes’ side in orange this season.

Much like last year’s auction the Australian spinners found it tough to get picked up, with Alana King and Amanda-Jade Wellington missing out on spots.

The other internationals that were picked up in last night’s auction were English duo Kate Cross and Danni Wyatt, South African Shabnim Ismail and Scottswoman Kathryn Bryce.

There is no confirmed dates for the second Women’s Indian Premier League, but the inaugural edition was held in March this year, with all signs pointing to a March 2024 timeslot for the second edition.

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