Cricket: Amelia Kerr wins big, but White Ferns go largely unsold at first Women's Indian Premier League auction

White Ferns all-rounder Amelia Kerr was the big winner among the New Zealand contingent, but most of her compatriots failed to secure contracts in the inaugural Women's Premier League auction.

As the WPL - the women's equivalent of the lucrative Indian Premier League - held its first auction on Monday night (NZ time), only Kerr and White Ferns captain Sophie Devine were sold, as the 17 other New Zealanders failed to attract any interest.

Kerr, 22, was sold to Mumbai Indians for $NZ191,000 after being listed at a base price of $77,000 as more than one side bid for her services.

The leg-spinning all-rounder will team up with the likes of India's Harmanpreet Kaur and Yaskita Bhatia, as well as England's Nat Sciver-Brunt, West Indies' Hayley Matthews and Australia's Heather Graham at Mumbai.

Meanwhile, 33-year-old Devine was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $96,000 - sold for her base price with only one bid.

Among Devine's Bangalore teammates are Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry, England captain Heather Knight, and South Africa's Dane van Niekerk.

But for the success of Kerr and Devine, most of the White Ferns went unsold.

The likes of Suzie Bates, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Kerr, Lauren Down and Maddy Green went without interest, despite being White Ferns regulars.

Sophie Devine.
Sophie Devine. Photo credit: Getty Images

India captain Smriti Mandhana picked up the biggest bid of the night, sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for NZ$648,000, while Australia all-rounder was the most expensive overseas player, going to Gujarat Giants for $610,000.

The first edition of the WPL will run from March 4 to March 26.