Alyssa Healy, Deepti Sharma Among 13 Top Players Retained by UP Warriorz for WPL Season 2

Coach Jon Lewis said that the team is eagerly awaiting what is expected to be a tougher season in WPL

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Alyssa Healy, Deepti Sharma Among 13 Top Players Retained by UP Warriorz for WPL Season 2

Last season's captain and Aussie star Alyssa Healy was retained by UP Warriorz for the upcoming season of WPL Image: BCCI

Earlier in the year, the inaugural edition of the Women's Premier League took the cricketing fraternity by storm, and one of the most dynamic outfits was the UP Warriorz, which is owned by Capri Sports, a Capri Global brand. 

Led by the talismanic Alyssa Healy in the first season of the WPL, the UP Warriorz finished third, and will be looking to improve on that in the second season. With that in mind, the Jon Lewis coached team have announced the list of players they will be retaining for the upcoming season.  

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The UP Warriorz have retained their core group and have decided to hold on to the services of 5 of their overseas players, while the South African ace pacer Shabnim Ismail has been released. Also released from the squad are Devika Vaidya, Simran Shaikh and Shivali Shinde.  

Players Retained:  

  1. Alyssa Healy (Overseas) 

  2. Deepti Sharma 

  3. Tahlia Mcgrath (Overseas) 

  4. Shweta Sehrawat 

  5. Grace Harris (Overseas) 

  6. Kiran Navgire 

  7. Sophie Ecclestone (Overseas) 

  8. Rajeshwari Gayakwad 

  9. Laxmi Yadav  

  10. Anjali Sarvani 

  11. Parshavi Chopra 

  12. S Yashashri  

  13. Lauren Bell (Overseas) 

Reflecting on the decision, coach Jon Lewis said, "At UP Warriorz, we are really excited about retaining the core of our team that got us to the playoffs of the WPL last year. In all team sport turnover of personnel is imperative. We value the contributions and efforts of all our players and wish them all the best for the forthcoming seasons. It will be a tougher challenge in WPL 2024 and we are all looking forward to taking up that challenge." 

"We are pleased to have retained a majority of our squad. There is a good blend of experience and the exuberance of youth. We trust them to build upon the success of Season 1 and as a team we aim to play a brand of Cricket that inspires the next generation. I am confident that the team will do everything in its capacity to ensure that happens," said Kshemal Waingankar, COO, UP Warriorz.   

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