RCB Women skipper Smriti Mandhana shared her vision that she believes will be instrumental in attracting more eyeballs in the upcoming Women’s Premier League season. The WPL 2024 auction will be held on December 9 in Mumbai.
Royal Challengers Bangalore women had a forgetful campaign in the first edition of the WPL. They finished fourth on the table with just two wins and six losses out of eight games. The franchise has named their retained players and is looking forward to the upcoming auction to get some of the best talents from across international cricket.
Speaking at the RCB Innovation Lab’s Leaders Meet India in Bengaluru, Smriti Mandhana spoke about the expansion of the league to access more eyeballs. She spoke about transforming the league into a multi-city format that will help the game to go to every metro city and in the process, garner more attention.
Great To Have WPL In Multi-City Format: Smriti Mandhana
“It would be great to have WPL in the multi-city format. I think that might be the next step and I am sure the people right here would look into it and make it happen. As an RCB fan, I would love to play in Chinnaswamy where people are chanting ‘RCB RCB’ and just to be in that environment. That is something which is one step ahead for us that it (multi-city format) can reach to places where women’s cricket hasn’t reached and to get new audience going into women’s cricket” said Mandhana.
She further spoke about the upcoming WPL auction on December 9 in Mumbai. Mandhana said that she is looking forward to the WPL and is keen on getting the best players on board for the next season.
“A lot of thoughts have gone into what kind of combinations we need in terms of releases or retention. So we are really looking forward to the WPL auctions and hopefully, we get the players who we are looking forward to getting,” she said.
With IPL 2024 slotted between March-May in 2024, the WPL might start as early as February as per reports.