Annabel Sutherland, an allrounder from Australia, has been named the top earner at the Women’s Premier League auction. She was selected by the Delhi Capitals for a whopping $364,000.
Sutherland’s fee of 200 lakh for the tournament, scheduled to take place from late February to mid-March, was the highest among the 30 players purchased from a pool of 165 nominees.
This year has been a successful one for Sutherland, who was selected for the Women’s Big Bash League all-star team, played exceptionally in the home one-day international series against the West Indies, and scored her first Test century during the Ashes.
At the age of 22, there was a competition for the player between the Capitals and Mumbai Indians. In the end, the Capitals paid a large sum of money for the fast player. She will be joining Delhi’s team, along with other players like Meg Lanning from Victoria, and Jess Jonassen and Laura Harris from Queensland. All of them were kept by the franchise before the auction.
She is currently the second-highest earner from Australia in the two-year history of the WPL. This comes after allrounder Ashleigh Gardner was auctioned off for over $580,000 prior to the first tournament.
During this year’s WPL auction, Sutherland was among five Australians selected, along with nine international players, to join the five franchises.
Phoebe Litchfield, a talented batter, was acquired by Gujarat Giants for $182,000, making her the fifth-highest priced international player. She will be joined at Gujarat by fast bowler Lauren Cheatle, who has been selected for the upcoming India tour and also secured a $55,000 contract. Additionally, Gardner and Beth Mooney have both been re-signed by the same franchise.
Georgia Wareham and Sophie Molineux, both spinners from Australia, were chosen in the auction by Royal Challengers Bangalore. They were acquired for $73,000 and $55,000 respectively.
Alana King, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Nicola Carey, and Kim Garth were among the most prominent Australians who put themselves up for auction but did not get sold. The recently awarded player of the tournament for WBBL, Sri Lankan all-rounder Chamari Athapaththu, was also passed over.
Out of the 30 available positions for international players in the WPL, the majority were filled by players who were kept by their respective franchises. Nine of these players are Australian, including Lanning, Gardner, Mooney, Ellyse Perry, and the newly appointed national captain, Alyssa Healy.