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RCB names Australian Ben Sauer as head coach for WPL




Australian Ben Swere, the current in-charge of the New Zealand women’s team, has been appointed as the head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) next month. Sawyer, 45, is also the current coach of Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred. She has also served as the head coach of the Sydney Sixers in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), apart from being the assistant coach of Australia women.

“He (Sawyer) has won three World Cups with Australia. A fast bowling specialist. He has also won the BBL title with the Sydney Sixers. He has also made it to the final of The Hundred,” RCB Director of Cricket Operations Mike Tema said. Hesson said in a video posted on the Twitter handle.

“He has been involved in women’s cricket for more than 20 years, knows the women’s game inside out, knows the players very well. He has also been involved in our preparations before the auction.” Sauer will be assisted by Maloran Rangarajan (assistant coach and head of scouting), VR Vanitha (scout and fielding coach) and RX Murali (batting coach).

The team manager and doctor for the tournament will be Dr Harini while Navnita Gautam (Head Athletic Therapist), Huzefa Talib (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Sabyasachi Sahoo (Head Physio) and Soumyadeep Payne (Operations Head) are the other support staff.

Earlier in the day, RCB appointed tennis ace Sania Mirza as the team’s mentor for the WPL to be held in Mumbai from March 4 to 26.

RCB have fielded a strong squad, consisting of 18 players, that includes some of the biggest names in women’s cricket – Smriti Mandhana, Australia’s Ellyse Perry and Megan Schutt, New Zealand captain Sophie Devine, England captain Heather Knight and South South African all-rounder Dane van Niekerk. With Richa Ghosh during the WPL auction in Mumbai on Monday.

RCB will begin their campaign against Delhi Capitals on March 5 at the Brabourne Stadium.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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