Former England captain Charlotte Edwards has been named head coach of the Mumbai Indians in the 2019 Women’s Premier League. Former Indian fast-bowler Jhulan Goswami and all-rounder Devieka Palshikaar have been named as bowling and batting instructors, respectively, with Charlotte.
Edwards, 43, is the England Women’s team’s second most run-getter in both ODIs and Tests, as well as the world. After retiring, she went on to coach the English domestic club, the Southern Vipers, the Southern Brave from the Hundred, and the Sydney Sixers in the Women’s Big Bash League. She has also coached the USA Women’s team on an international level.
Edwards captained England to the maiden Women’s T20 World Cup win in 2009, as well as the ODI World Cup title in the same year. Following retiring, she has remained at the vanguard of women’s cricket, serving on numerous MCC and ICC committees.
Apart from the Mumbai Indians, the Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Giants, Lucknow Warriors, and Royal Challengers Bangalore will compete for the inaugural title in the upcoming Women’s Premier League, which is expected to be played from March 4 to March 24, though no official dates have yet been released by the governing officials.
The WPL player auction is set to take place on February 13 in Mumbai. Each team would have a purse of INR 12 crore for the auction. Each squad will feature 15 to 18 players, five of whom will be from the ICC’s affiliate countries.
The five clubs will play a total of 22 matches in the first season, with each side getting to play eight games. The team with the most points at the end of the league stage will automatically qualify for the final. The second and third-ranked teams will compete in a qualifier for the second slot in the final.