On Tuesday, Former Australian cricketer Michael Klinger was appointed as the head coach of the Gujarat Giants ahead of the Women’s Premier League 2024 (WPL 2024). Michael Klinger joined the squad with legendary former Indian captain Mithali Raj, who is the mentor and advisor of the team.
Mithali Raj lauded the appointment of Klinger as head coach, stating – “Working with Michael will help bring out the best in the Gujarat Giants players. His expertise with the bat is also well-known and will surely benefit some of the younger members of our team. We look forward to having Klinger in the dressing room. We are sure of attaining success with him as head coach.”
Michael Klinger most recently served as an assistant coach for Sydney Thunder in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). He has also served as the head coach of the Melbourne Renegades men’s team from 2019-2021.
Coach saheb padharya! 🤩
— Gujarat Giants (@Giant_Cricket) February 6, 2024
“I’m eagerly looking forward to working with cricketing legend Mithali Raj” – Michael Klinger
Michael Klinger, a legendary player in the men’s BBL, retired in 2019 as the league’s highest-ever run-scorer. His diverse game experience will be advantageous to the Gujarat Giants team.
Speaking about the recent appointment as head coach, Michael Klinger said – “The Gujarat Giants have a chance to do something special in season two of the Women’s Premier League. I’m eagerly looking forward to working with cricketing legend Mithali Raj, who has played a transformative role in women’s cricket in India. I hope to take the team to ultimate glory.”
Whereas, the CBO of Adani Sportsline (owner of the Gujarat Giants team), Sanjay Adesara said – “Michael Klinger is a very worthy addition to the Gujarat Giants and Adani Sportsline family. He has shown great pedigree in the BBL as both coach and player. This will surely help our team in the upcoming season of the WPL as well as in the future. He will work closely with Mithali Raj as the two guide our team to greater heights.”
The second season of the WPL will be played in Bangalore and New Delhi with the tournament commencing on 23rd February at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. The Giants will face the Mumbai Indians in their first match of the campaign on February 25, 2024.
Gujarat Giants Full Squads:
Ashleigh Gardner, Beth Mooney, Dayalan Hemalatha, Harleen Deol, Laura Wolvaardt, Shabnam Shakil, Sneh Rana, Tanuja Kanwar, Phoebe Litchfield, Meghna Singh, Trisha Poojitha, Kashvee Gautam, Priya Mishra, Lauren Cheatle, Kathryn Bryce, Mannat Kashyap, Veda Krishnamurthy, Tarannum Pathan