WPL 2023: Players who’ve kept their base price less

Despite their glorifying figures in Women's T20 Internationals (WT20Is), these players have set their base prices low for the upcoming Women's Indian Premier League auction.

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Suzie Bates
New Zealand women cricket team captain Suzie Bates. (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

This March, Women’s cricket fans will get the chance to witness the biggest women’s T20 event, as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will launch the Women’s Premier League (WPL). Recently, BCCI unveiled the five franchises that will contest with one another in the inaugural edition. After the last month’s development, it’s time for the franchises to build their teams at the Player Auction on February 12, 2023, in Mumbai.

At the massive event in the financial capital of India, there will be an opportunity for the franchises to pick some quality players easily. On the list of 409 cricketers who have registered for the auction, there are a few renowned names who’ve kept their base amount low. Going through the reputation and base prices of these players, it can be said that the franchises will not hesitate to grab them to make their respective sides potent.

Here are five players whose base prices will be low at the Player Auction 2023

Laura Wolvaardt
Laura Wolvaardt of South Africa. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Laura Wolvaardt is a crucial player in the South Africa Women’s squad as she has efficiently played the opening batter’s role. So far, in more than 120 international appearances, she has scored more than 4,000 runs for her team. Last year, the veteran scored 188 runs with a half-century in nine WT20I games at a strike rate of 107.42.

Talking about her overall WT20I record, she has notched 849 runs with four half-centuries in 47 WT20Is, at a strike rate of 109.83. At the Player Auction in Mumbai, she will go under the hammer at a price of INR 30 lakh only. Considering her remarkable experience and current form, the franchises might go after her.

Wolvaardt has also played a lot of cricket in the Women’s Big Bash League. In the initial two seasons, she was part of the Brisbane Heat, but since 2020, the fierce right-hander is a part of the Adelaide Strikers. Till now, she has piled up 1,230 runs in 67 matches at a strike rate of 108.65.

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