WPL 2023: Delhi Capitals Announces Coaching Staff, Jonathan Batty Appointed As Head Coach

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    Delhi Capitals Coaching Staff

    The Delhi Capitals revealed their coaching staff on Saturday, February 11, in advance of the Women’s Premier League’s debut season, which will take place in Mumbai from March 4-26.

    Jonathan Batty was appointed as the team’s head coach by the JSW-GMR joint ownership. Batty previously led the Oval Invincibles women’s team to The Hundred championships in 2021 and 2022. She also served as head coach of the Surrey Women’s team and the Melbourne Stars in the Women’s Big Bash League.

    “I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining Delhi Capitals as Head Coach for the inaugural WPL,” said Batty in a statement. 

    “It’s a huge honour to have been granted this opportunity by the management, and I can’t wait to work with the team. It’s an incredible time to be involved in Women’s cricket and the WPL has the potential to transform the landscape of women’s professional sport globally.”

    WPL 2023 – Delhi Capitals Coaching Staff

    • Head Coach: Jonathan Batty 
    • Assistant Coach: Hemlata Kala 
    • Assistant Coach: Lisa Keightley 
    • Fielding Coach: Biju George

    Hemlata Kala and Lisa Keightley as assistant coaches

    Hemlata Kala and Lisa Keightley, both former cricketers, have been named the Delhi Capitals’ assistant coaches.

    Kala, who represented India in 78 One-Day Internationals and seven Tests, was the head of the All-India selection committee for the women’s squad.

    During her term as Chief Selector, India reached the ICC World Cup final in 2017, a watershed moment for women’s cricket in India.

    “I am grateful and excited for this new role with Delhi Capitals. I am looking forward to putting together our squad ahead of the inaugural edition of the tournament, which I am confident will be a game-changer for women’s cricket,” said Kala.

    Keightley, who played for Australia in 82 ODIs and 9 Tests, also led the England women’s team to the 2022 World Cup final. In the Women’s Big Bash League, she also served as the team’s head coach for the Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder.

    “I’m very excited to be involved with the Delhi Capitals and to be working with so many different players and staff from around the world. WPL is a game changer for women’s sports around the world, and we have the opportunity to showcase cricket to a new audience,” said Keightley.

    Biju George as fielding coach 

    Biju George, a former fielding coach for India’s women’s team, has joined Delhi Capitals as their fielding coach in the Women’s Premier League. Biju George, who also serves in the same capacity for the Delhi Capitals men’s team, had a successful run with the Indian women’s squad.

    Lucknow Warriorz coaching staff 

    The squad owned by Capri Global is known as the Lucknow Warriorz, and Jon Lewis will serve as its head coach. The Lucknow squad will be led by Lewis, the current England head coach, along with Anju Jain (assistant coach), Lisa Sthalekar (mentor), and Ashley Noffke (bowling coach).

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