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WPL auctions: Smriti Mandhana the most expensive buy so far

India’s star opener, Smriti Mandhana, has become the most expensive player at the ongoing player auctions for the Women’s Premier League. The 26-year-old batsmen broke the bank early being bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for ₹3.4 crore.  

However, Indian skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur, who was another coveted player went for much cheaper – sold to Mumbai Indians for ₹1.8 crore. 

30-year-old English all-rounder, Nat Sciver, is the second most expensive buy so far, signed by Mumbai Indians for ₹3.2 crore. 

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Each team had a maximum purse of ₹12 crore to start off with and teams have already broken the banks in some way. 

The remaining purse for the teams is as follows:

  • Delhi Capitals: ₹6.7 crore
  • Gujarat Giants: ₹6.2 crore
  • Mumbai Indians: ₹6 crore,
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore: ₹4.9 crore
  • UP Warriorz: ₹5.2 crore

Experts predict that Mandhana will likely remain the most expensive buy for the auction. 

Indian all-rounder Deepti Sharma became the third most expensive player and the marquee for UP Warriorz, which scooped her in the at ₹2.6 crore. 

448 players are up for auction at the inaugural WPL auction in Mumbai, but only between 75 and 90 players will secure spots. The five franchises can buy a minimum of 15, and a maximum of 18 players.

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