India women's cricket team vice-captain Smriti Mandhana grabbed all the limelight as she became the costliest buy during the player auction of the maiden Women's Premier League. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) snapped her up for INR 3.4 crore deal.
After getting a massive amount paid by the Bengaluru based franchise during Monday’s auction, Mandhana is set to earn double the amount than Pakistan Super League (PSL) highest-paid players, says a report.
The top players in the PSL get picked through a draft, which means there is a cap on how much they can earn. The Platinum category is the top bracket where players get a wage within the range of USD 130,000 (1.1 crore) to USD 170,000 (1.4 crore).
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, who played for Peshawar Zalmi, under the Platinum category, was traded at the season salary of USD 1,50,000 or PKR 3,60,00000 (3 Crore 60 lakh).
According to the latest USD to Indian rupees conversion rate, Babar’s PSL 2023 salary amounts to approximately INR 1.23 crore.
Mandhana was also the first player to come up for bidding at the auction, having a base price of INR 50 lakh. RCB and Mumbai Indians were locked in an intense bidding war for her services, before the former managed to acquire her services, offering an opening as well as a captaincy option.
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