The Gujarat Giants have named Australia’s wicketkeeper-bat Beth Mooney as their captain for the inaugural Women’s Premier League season. Sneh Rana, an Indian off-spinner, has been named Mooney’s deputy.
Mooney, 29, has a stellar record in Twenty20 Internationals, scoring 2350 runs in 83 matches at a stellar average of 40.51 and a strike rate of 124.60. She has two international hundreds and 18 fifties in the format, the most recent of which came in the recently concluded Women’s T20 World Cup final against South Africa, where Australia completed a historic second hat-trick of titles thanks to her Player of the Match performance of 74*. (53 balls).
“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead Gujarat Giants in the historic Women’s Premier League’s inaugural edition in 2023,” said Mooney in a statement released by the franchise.
Mooney has three Women’s Big Bash League titles to go with her three World Cup trophies and a Commonwealth Games gold.
“The squad is keen to get the ball rolling soon and put out an entertaining and effective brand of cricket in the debut season of WPL which will hopefully lead us to the trophy. It will be absolutely fantastic to have the likes of Sneh as my deputy and Mithali Raj, Rachael Haynes and Nooshin Al Khadeer as pivotal parts of the team,” she added.