Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Auction of players for the inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) is set to take place in Mumbai on Monday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has enlisted a female auctioneer to preside over the proceedings. 

It will be a historic moment for women’s cricket as a female auctioneer has been roped in to conduct a major cricket auction in India for the first time. The auction is certainly going to be exciting as the best female cricketers across the globe will be vying for the highest bids.

Well, meet Mallika Sagar who will be the female auctioneer to oversee the upcoming auction for Women’s Premier League.

Mallika is a Mumbai-based art collector and consultant for modern and contemporary Indian art. She is also a partner in the Art India Consultants firm. 

Mallika is an experienced auctioneer. Recently, she conducted the auctions of the Pro Kabaddi League 2021.

 Notably, BCCI has mandated that each team taking part in WPL must have a minimum of 15 players. Each squad will have a minimum expenditure of Rs 9 crore. 

Each team will be allocated a purse of Rs 12 crore, with a maximum of six foreign players allowed to be purchased.

 A total of 409 players will be up for grabs in the WPL Player Auction with 246 of them being Indian cricketers and 163 being overseas players, including eight from associate nations.