Adani Sportsline-owned Gujarat Giants have hired Rachel Haynes as their head coach for the Women’s Premier League’s inaugural season. Haynes played for the Australian cricket team.

Nooshin Al Khadeer, a former India spinner, will be the bowling coach, and Tushar Arothe, an all-rounder, and Gavan Twining, a fielding and batting coach, respectively.

In the past, Mithali Raj, a former India captain, joined the Ahmedabad-based team as a mentor and advisor for the WPL’s inaugural season.

“The likes of Rachael Haynes, Nooshin Al Khadeer, Tushar Arothe, and Gavan Twining will certainly take the performance of the team notches up,” Mithali said after the official announcement.

“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,” the ex-India skipper added.

Rachael won six World Championships during her career and was a key member of the Australian women’s cricket team.

The left-handed batsman was vice-captain for the national team from 2017 to 2022 and played in 84 T20Is. She also played for the Sydney Thunder in the Women’s Big Bash League, where she became famous for leading the charts for runs scored.

“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. We have formed a wonderful coaching team, with Nooshin Al Khadeer, Tushar Arothe and Gavan Twining, who will be bringing on board their rich experience which will help the team to play an exciting brand of cricket which our fans will enjoy watching,” said Rachael Haynes while explaining her move to Gujarat Giants.


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