The inaugural Women’s Premiere League (WPL) is expected to be the next big thing in Franchise Circuit. The peculiarity of this league is that 5 overseas players would be allowed in the playing 11. Former Indian Batter Mithali Raj has been roped in as the mentor & Advisor of Gujarat Giants where her experience would be invaluable.
The Women in Blue have been making a mark in ICC events but are not winning crunch moments of the match due to which all of their hard work gets ruined. The team hasn’t been able to find reliable finishers which has been a concern as every-time top order batter won’t win the matches.
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Mithali Raj on WPL
Mithali Raj was having an interaction with ICC and was asked whether she was surprised about WPL. “I am not surprised at all that we have got to this point, the Women’s Premier League in India is a huge development. I have been getting questions about when it would launch for years so I hope that we get a successful inaugural year and that see it expand in the future,” said Mithali Raj.
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Mithali Raj on Taking part in WPL
Mithali Raj was asked whether she would come out of retirement and play WPL.
“While I will not be playing, I will be fortunate enough to serve as a mentor and advisor for the Gujarat Giants. There is no disappointment about the fact that I missed out on playing in it, my journey as a cricketer was different and I was able to play my part in the evolution of the sport. I am very happy to see women’s cricket get to where it is and excited to be part of the eco-system,” said Mithali Raj.
“What is great at this moment is that the women’s game is constantly evolving. Where 140 used to be a par score in a T20, now you can see 160-180 plus chased down, and so many matches go down to the wire. It is certainly nerve-wracking and fun to watch,” she added.
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