Veda's hopes of being part of the WPL were quashed when she went unsold in the recently-held auctions
Last Updated: 08.19 AM, Mar 01, 2023
The inaugural edition of the Women's Premier League is all set to get underway on the 4th of March with five franchises and plenty of big names featuring in it. With Jay Shah, the secretary of BCCI, already declaring that the WPL is the second-highest valued league in world cricket, there's a lot to play for as far as the superstars of international women's cricket are concerned and the stage, too, seems set like never before.
For Karnataka's own Veda Krishnamurthy, however, the wait to star in the league has unfortunately been extended. As someone who has been toiling away on the sidelines ever since she was dropped from the national team, Veda's hopes of being part of the WPL, too, were quashed when she went unsold. While she strives hard to remain associated with the game and, reportedly, worked with the media to cover and analyse the recently-held WPL auctions in these pursuits, it is apparent that being away from all the action has been a hard pill to swallow for the bustling opening batsman.
"It’s been a tough few days to come in terms that I won’t be participating in this years WPL !! It’s just not meant to be I guess !! Nonetheless I would like to wish everybody who’s going to representing women’s cricket as a whole good luck !! #WPL2023," she wrote in her recent tweet, drawing both hope and compassion from her fellow netizens. Many urged her to stay strong and not drop the ball because of the current scenario, hoping wholeheartedly that she makes a return to the realm at the earliest.
Veda's non-inclusion in the WPL comes on the back of a devastating personal tragedy, wherein she lost both her mother and sister to Covid-19 in 2021, within a span of two weeks. The 30-year-old batter played her last ODI for India in 2018 with her most recent T20 game appearance happening in 2020
Over 400 players went under the hammer for the very promising inaugural edition of the Women's Premier League with Indian superstars Smriti Mandhana, Jemima Rodigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, Renuka Singh, Shafali Verma and others warranting huge prices. This edition will also feature international stars like Ellyse Perry, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Ashleigh Gardner, Beth Mooney, and Alyssa Healy.