10 days before the WPL auction, Gujarat Giants acted swiftly to confirm their coaching staff for the Women's Premier League. The Adani-owned franchise has selected U19 World Cup-winning coach Nooshin Al Khadeer as bowling coach, while Australian legend Rachel Haynes takes on head coach duties, The team had already confirmed former captain Mithali Raj as team mentor and advisor. They also announced Tushar Arothe & Gavan Twining as their Batting and Fielding coaches.
Rachael played at the highest level for more than a decade. She has won six world championships with the Australian team and was the vice-captain of the side from 2017-2022.
She played crucial roles in the Australian team's championship-winning campaigns at the 2018 and 2020 T20 World Cups. Rachael was part of the team that won the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. She has also turned out for the Sydney Thunder in the Women's Big Bash League.
"The Women's Premier League is such an exciting addition to the cricket landscape. The opportunity to be involved in the inaugural season with the Adani Sportline-owned Gujarat Giants and work with the brilliant Mithali Raj is something I'm really looking forward to" – said Haynes.
Former captain of the Indian women's national cricket team and mentor for Gujarat Giants, Mithali Raj says, "The likes of Rachael Haynes, Nooshin Al Khadeer, Tushar Arothe, and Gavan Twining will certainly take the performance of the team notches up."
"Not only have they carved a niche for themselves in their roles, but their stories of resilience will be an inspiration for the team. Their combined strengths will enable Adani Sportsline's Gujarat Giants to give their best performance on the ground at the inaugural edition of the Women's Premier League, which will inspire several aspiring women athletes," adds Mithali.
Nooshin made her debut for India when Mithali was already part of the Indian women's cricket team, She is currently the coach of the India U-19 Women's team who recently emerged victorious at the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup in South Africa. The former India off-break bowler had bagged 100 wickets in ODIs. She was also the head coach of the Supernovas team last year. They won the 2022 Women's T20 Challenge.
Meanwhile, Tushar Arothe is well-known in Indian cricket circles and has been the coach of the Indian Women's team. The Indian Women's team reached the final of the ICC Women's World Cup in 2017. Arothe has a significant coaching experience in the domestic cricket genre. He also led the women's team to the final of the 2018 Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup held in Malaysia.
Players will be auctioned in the second week of February 2023 for WPL 2023