Former Australian cricketer Michael Klinger has been appointed head coach for Gujarat Giants ahead of Season 2 of the Women's Premier League (WPL). The second season of the WPL will be played in Bengaluru and New Delhi, with the tournament starting from February 23 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. He joins the team along with legendary former Indian captain Mithali Raj, who is the team's mentor and advisor, and Nooshin Al Khadeer, who has been the bowling coach since Season 1. Klinger most recently served as an assistant coach for the Sydney Thunder. The team finished fourth in the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL). He also worked with new recruit Phoebe Litchfield at the Thunder, serving as head coach of the Melbourne Renegades men's team from 2019 to 2021.
Klinger achieved legendary status in the men's BBL as a player. He retired in 2019 leaving as the league's all-time leading run-scorer. His experience in various aspects of the game will prove beneficial for the Gujarat Giants team.
Speaking about his recent appointment as head coach, Michael Klinger was quoted in a Gujarat Giants release as saying, “Gujarat Giants have a chance to do something special in Season 2 of the Women's Premier League. Looking forward to work.” The legendary Mithali Raj, who has played a transformational role in women's cricket in India. Along with the Adani Sportsline family, Mithali Raj and the rest of the team, I hope to lead the team to ultimate glory.”
Klinger's appointment was also lauded by team mentor and advisor Mithali Raj, “Working with Michael will help bring out the best in Gujarat Giants players. His expertise with the bat is also well known and will certainly be of benefit to some of the youngsters. will be.” Our team members. We are waiting for Klinger to arrive in the dressing room. We are confident of success with him as head coach.”
Sanjay Adesara, CBO, Adani Sportsline, said, “Michael Klinger is a very capable addition to the Gujarat Giants and Adani Sportsline family. He has had great performances in the BBL as both a coach and player. This will certainly add value to our team. Will help in the future.” This season as well as the future of the WPL. He will work closely with Mithali Raj as both of them will take our team to new heights.”
Meanwhile, the Giants will take on Mumbai Indians in their first match of the campaign on February 25.
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