Indian legend cricketer Mithali Raj will be the mentor for Gujarat Giants in WPL 2023
India’s former skipper Mithali Raj has been roped in as the mentor for WPL team Gujarat Giants. The franchise is owned by Adani Sportsline and they have appointed Mithali Raj as the head of the team in the first season of the Women’s Premiere League.
Mithali Raj has earned a good reputation in the world of cricket through hard work, commitment, and extraordinary performances. She has also received numerous awards and contributed to bringing women’s cricket into the mainstream in India.
“The inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League is a fantastic move for women’s cricket and the involvement of the Adani Group is a massive boost for the sport as well” said Ms Mithali Raj
She is considered to be one of the greatest female cricketers in the history of the game. She smashed a century in her ODI which is an achievement in itself. She is also the leading run scorer in the women’s ODI and has piled up 17 half-centuries in the T20I format. She also led team India’s 2017 ODI world cup where India finished as the runners-up.
The director of Adani Enterprises Pranav Adani said that Mithali was a role model for the entire generation of women cricketers and her presence will attract new talent in cricket and other games. Mithali Raj is a role model for the young generation and we are delighted to have such an inspirational athlete on board to mentor our women’s cricket team. We believe that the presence of international sporting heroes like Mithali will attract new talent not just into cricket but also into every other sport and transform the professional sports ecosystem” he added.
The inaugural season of WPL will be held between March 4 and March 24 after the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023. The auction for franchise ownership got done on January 25. The player auction will be taking place on the first week of February 2023. A team can have a maximum of 15-18 players. There can be a maximum of five overseas players out of which one player needs to be from the associate nation. A total of 22 matches will be played in WPL 2023 including the semifinal and final.