After the resounding success of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024 auction, cricket enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the second edition of the tournament. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has shared some insights into the upcoming extravaganza, revealing that the T20 spectacle is scheduled to kick off in the second or third week of February 2024.

Single-State Venue for Enhanced Logistics

In a bid to streamline logistics and ensure a seamless tournament, Shah announced that the WPL 2024 will be held in one state. The decision comes after the first edition of the WPL unfolded in Mumbai across two prestigious venues, the Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Sports Academy.

“It is decided that we will have the tournament in February. Most probably we will start in the second or third week. As far as the venue is concerned, it will be held in one state only so that it is better logistically. Logistics are very important for us this time, next time we can figure it [having more venues] out,” Shah explained.

Shah hinted at the possibility of the tournament expanding to other cities in subsequent editions. “We can do it either in Bangalore [Karnataka] also or Uttar Pradesh also. We have so many venues, even in Gujarat, where we have Ahmedabad, Rajkot, and after a few years Baroda can build their own stadium. Basically, it is a joint call between the franchises and the BCCI. We will sit together and we will decide. We will let you know. It will be in one state, that is for sure,” he added.

Uncapped Talent Takes Center Stage

The recent auction for the second edition saw the five franchises completing their squads with 30 players sold. Uncapped Indian bowler Kashvee Gautam made history by becoming the joint-most expensive player alongside Annabel Sutherland. They were both sold for INR 2 crore to Gujarat Giants and Delhi Capitals, respectively. Another uncapped Indian player, Vrinda Dinesh, fetched a whopping 1.30 crores, joining UP Warriorz.

Veteran South African bowler Shabnim Ismail was acquired by defending champions Mumbai Indians for 1.20 crores, while Phoebe Litchfield secured a deal worth INR 1 crore with Gujarat Giants.

As the countdown to WPL 2024 begins, cricket enthusiasts can expect a thrilling display of talent, with uncapped players making waves and the league’s expansion plans adding to the anticipation.

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