While the Women’s Premier League 2024 (WPL 2024) Auction witnessed some fantastic buys, some snubs of prominent players came to everyone’s attention.
Here’s a rundown of players who will miss the bus for WPL 2024:
- Chamari Athapaththu
One of the leading run-getters in the recently concluded Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), she was undeniably Sydney Thunder’s brightest star. The Sri Lankan batter who was ignored in the initial season of the WPL, was once again not selected which shocked fans, experts and cricketers in equal measure.
The southpaw is one of the most dangerous batters and is a valuable addition to any set-up. Her cryptic tweet after the fiasco seemed to suggest that she would ensure her bat does most of the talking but a snub in a tournament of this nature is very discouraging to the talented batter.
- Devika Vaidya
Purchased for Rs. 1.4 Crores by UP Warriorz in the inaugural season of the WPL, the all-rounder was released ahead of the auction of WPL 2024. With average returns and mixed performances in the recent past, she went unsold in this auction much to her fans’ disappointment.
She will look to bounce back stronger in the opportunities across domestic cricket and seal her place for the WPL next year. A leg spinner who can also bat is a bonus for any team to leverage.
- Punam Raut
Often criticised by experts owing to concerns with her strike rate, Punam Raut is considered a 50 overs and longer format player by many. But her consistent performances in domestic cricket with the bat in the Senior Women’s T20 Trophy and the Senior Women’s Inter Zonal Trophy speak for themselves.
She can anchor the innings perfectly and would have fit in the scheme of things in a team looking for batting solidity but this time around not being picked by any franchise would have come as a rude shock.
- Amanda-Jade Wellington
Australia has a knack for producing quality spinners and Amanda-Jade Wellington is no exception. A second consecutive time not getting picked by a WPL team might be disappointing for the gifted leg spinner but her consistent performances in domestic cricket and the WBBL have been for everyone to see. Ignored by the Australian team, she has learned to take setbacks in her stride and will look to contribute more to her team’s cause and catch the attention of the scouts.
- Uma Chetry
A budding wicketkeeper opening batter hailing from Assam, Uma Chetry has been a revelation in recent times as she not just featured in the Indian team that competed at the Asian Games, Hangzhou that won the gold medal. Still, she has been in the news for the right reasons. Even in the ENG A series, her wicketkeeping was on fine display and her blistering knocks helped her team cross the line on multiple occasions.
Selected as a backup keeper to Yastika Bhatia in the Bangladesh series, she is a brilliant talent waiting to showcase her talent. She would rue her chances of not getting picked by a franchise but with another solid domestic season, a WPL call-up does not seem far off for the next season.
Additionally, even the likes of Nicola Hancock, Alana King, Kim Garth, Sushma Verma, Bhavana Goplani and Priya Punia went unsold for WPL 2024 which was surprising and disappointing in equal measures.