Beth Mooney to lead Gujarat Giants in inaugural WPL

The Gujarat Giants have named Australia’s wicketkeeper-bat Beth Mooney as their captain for the inaugural Women’s Premier League season. Mooney’s deputy will be Indian off-spinner Sneh Rana. Mooney, 29, has a stellar record in Twenty20 Internationals, scoring 2350 runs in 83 matches at a strike rate of 124.60 and an average of 40.51. She has two international hundreds and 18 fifties in the format, the most recent coming in the recently concluded Women’s T20 World Cup final against South Africa, in which Australia completed a historic second hat-trick of titles thanks to her Player of the Match performance of 74*.

According to Live Cricket Score Mooney has three Women’s Big Bash League titles to go with her three World Cup trophies and a Commonwealth Games gold.

“I am honoured to be given the opportunity to lead the Gujarat Giants in the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League in 2023. The squad is eager to get started as soon as possible and play an entertaining and effective brand of cricket in the inaugural season of the WPL, which will hopefully lead to a 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, “Mooney stated in a statement issued by the franchise.

Rana, 29, has played 25 T20Is for India, taking 24 wickets at a 6.21 economy rate. She made her national debut after a six-year absence on India’s tour of England in 2021, and she has been in India’s white-ball plans ever since.

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