The second season of the Women's Premier League (WPL) kicks off today.

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The second season of the Women's Premier League (WPL) kicks off today. The opening match will be played between the defending champions, the Mumbai Indians and the Delhi Capitals, in Bengaluru. All matches of the tournament will be held in Bengaluru's Chinnaswamy Stadium and Delhi's Arun Jaitley Stadium. The final will take place on March 17th in Delhi. Unlike the previous season, this time there will be no matches in Mumbai.

 

Similar to the first season, a total of 22 matches will be played by five competing clubs. Each team will play each other twice during the group stage. While the second and third-placed teams compete in a playoff game to guarantee a position in the championship game, the team with the highest seed advances to the game. This item appears to have been authored by a person.

"The two clubs at the bottom will go out.


Let's take a look at the squads and captains of the teams:

 

Mumbai Indians:

The Indian women's team captain and all-rounder, Harmanpreet Kaur, will lead the Mumbai Indians. Under Harmanpreet's leadership, the Mumbai Indians won the title in the previous season and will aim to defend their championship this time as well. Mumbai Indians have added players like Shabnim Ismail, S Sajana, Amandeep Kaur, Fatima Jaffer, and Keerthana Balakrishnan to their squad for this season.

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB):

Star Indian batter Smriti Mandhana will lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore. RCB finished fourth in the table in the previous season, winning only two out of their eight league matches. RCB has added players like Ekta Bisht, Georgia Wareham, Kate Cross, Shubha Sathish, Sophie Molineux, Simran Bahadur, and Subbinegh Meghana to their squad.

 

Delhi Capitals (DC):

Meg Lanning will captain the Delhi Capitals in the upcoming WPL season. The Delhi Capitals finished as the runners-up in the previous season, losing to the Mumbai Indians in the final. The Delhi Capitals have signed Annabel Sutherland, Aparna Mandal, and Ashwani Kumari for this season.

 

Gujarat Giants (GG):

Beth Mooney has been announced as the captain of the Gujarat Giants for the WPL 2024 season. The Gujarat Giants had a poor campaign in the first season, finishing at the bottom of the table. They have made significant changes to their squad, bringing in ten new players, including Kashvi Gautam, Phoebe Litchfield, Meghna Singh, Lauren Cheatle, Priya Mishra, Trisha Pujitha, Catherine Brays, Mannat Kashyap, Tarnnum Pathan, and Veda Krishnamurthy.

 

Uttar Pradesh Warriors (UPW):

Ellyse Perry will continue to lead the Uttar Pradesh Warriors in the upcoming season. UPW had a decent performance in the 2023 WPL and qualified for the playoffs. They won four out of their eight league matches and finished third in the points table. UPW has added Vrinda Dinesh, Danny Wyatt, Poonam Khemnar, Saima Thakur, and Gauhar Sultana to their squad.

 

Kashvi Gautam emerged as the most expensive Indian player of the season, while Vrinda Dinesh also fetched a hefty price in the auction. Apart from them, Australia's Annabel Sutherland and South Africa's Shabnim Ismail also received bids of over Rs 1 crore. Sutherland will play for Delhi, while Ismail will represent Mumbai.

 

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