Women’s Premier League franchises have released the list of their retained and released players ahead of the next edition of the tournament in 2024. 11 players have been released by the Gujarat Giants franchise ahead of the Women’s Premier League. On the other hand, the runners-up of WPL 2023, Delhi Capitals released very few players and retained most of their players who played in the first edition.
A total of 5 franchises have retained 60 cricketers, which include 21 overseas players. whereas they released 29 players from their current setup of the squads. The renowned international cricketers, including the likes of Annabel Sutherland and Megan Schutt, got released from their respective franchises.
One of the big franchises, Gujarat Giants has retained only 8 players, including Ashleigh Gardner, Beth Mooney, Dayalan Hemalatha, Harleen Deol, Laura Wolvaardt Shabnam Shakil, Sneh Rana, and Tanuja Kanwer. Now, they have INR 5.95 crores available in their purse. But the defending champions of the tournament, Mumbai Indians have only INR 2.1 crores in their purse before going into the auction of the next edition of the Women’s Premier League in 2024.
"We’re hoping for a successful auction going into the new season." - Delhi Capitals assistant coach Hemlata Kala
Meanwhile, all franchises had also organized the trials before coming up with their list of released and retained players.
“The franchise organised a couple of off-season camps over the last few months, which has allowed us as a coaching group to have a look at the available talent, and also assess the physical condition and skills of our existing players. We’re hoping for a successful auction going into the new season,” said the Assistant coach of Delhi Capitals, Hemlata Kala
“We are really excited about retaining the core of our team that got us to the playoffs of the WPL last year. In all team sports, turnover of personnel is imperative. We value the contributions and efforts of all our players and wish them all the best for the forthcoming seasons. It will be a tougher challenge in WPL 2024 and we are all looking forward to taking up that challenge,” she added later.