Why are Delhi Capitals allowed to have 5 overseas players in the DC vs RCB match despite the 4-player limit in WPL?

The two strongest teams of the ongoing Women’s Premier League (WPL 2023), Smriti Mandhana-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Meg Lanning-led Delhi Capitals (DC), clash with each other in the second match of the historic Women’s League. Have been The T20 tournament is being played at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

The RCB vs DC WPL 2023 match began with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Smriti Mandhana fielding first after winning the toss. Delhi Capitals (DC) captain Meg Lanning grabbed everyone’s attention when she named a playing XI with five non-Indian (foreign/overseas) players against RCB.

Explained: How Delhi Capitals fielded five overseas players in their playing XI in DC vs RCB match while WPL 2023 rules allow maximum 4 overseas players in playing XI

As per the playing XI rules set for the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023, teams have been allowed to field a maximum of four overseas players in their playing XI. Notably, Delhi Capitals is the only franchise to have an Associate Nation player in their squad for WPL 2023. There is a limit of four overseas players in any team’s playing XI, but there is an exception for an Associate Nation player. Hence, Delhi Capitals can field an Associate Nation player as their fifth overseas player.

Batting first, Delhi Capitals scored 223 runs at the loss of 2 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Shafali Verma (84 off 45 balls) and Meg Lanning (72 off 43 balls) were the pick of the batsmen in the first innings. Delhi Capitals have now made the biggest total in the Women’s Premier League (WPL 2023).

Delhi Capitals Women (Playing XI): Shafali Verma, Meg Lanning (c), Marijan Kapp, Jemimah Rodrigues, Ellyse Capsey, Jess Jonassen, Tanya Bhatia (w), Arundhati Reddy, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Tara Norris

Royal Challengers Bangalore Women (Playing XI): Smriti Mandhana (c), Sophie Devine, Heather Knight, Disha Kasat, Ellyse Perry, Richa Ghosh (w), Kanika Ahuja, Asha Shobhana, Preeti Bose, Megan Schutt, Renuka Thakur Singh

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