Spoilt for choice, RCB women’s head coach says overseas players will be rotated | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: The Bangalore Royal Challengers have some of the biggest foreign names at their disposal for the next Women’s Premier League but head coach Ben Sawyer Thursday made it clear that the same group of foreign stars will not feature in every game and will be rotated throughout the competition.
With Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Heather Knight and Dane van Niekerk by their side, along with legendary New Zealander Sophie Devine and WBBL star Erin Burns, RCB has one of the strongest foreign firepowers and Sawyer admitted he was spoiled for choice.
Asked about his choices among the four best foreign players, Sawyer, the current coach of the White Ferns (New Zealand women’s team) did not give a direct answer.
“All six will play a part. We’re playing four games in the first six days. We’ll have different team matchups and I’m lucky to have them,” Sawyer said during media interaction.
“Don’t expect us to run the same four players the whole tournament. We have versatile players. I’m sure you’ll see all six of them in the tournament,” Sawyer said.
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“It’s a scary thought for an international player of what he’s going to face in the future. I’ve seen the impact that WBBL and The Hundred have had. It’s just going to take him to another level.”
As a team, the Indian women’s team are yet to win a world title at senior level and are considered “stranglers”.
When asked if the WPL would help Indian women get rid of mental block in critical games, Sawyer was empathetic.
“Once they win one or two games, there will be no stopping the Indian team.”
The 45-year-old, responsible for the New Zealand women’s team, has already worked in women’s franchise leagues in England (Birmingham Phoenix – The Hundred) and Australia (Sydney Sixers – Women’s Big Bash League).
“Maybe in the beginning you rely on the big names, but in seven-eight years every player on the team had an important role to play and was no longer seen as just an inventor,” he said. -he declares. reminiscent of the early days of WBBL and The Hundred.
“The experience that some of the young players will gain at international level would take them to another level. They will be exposed to playing international-style cricket week in and week out during the competition,” he added.
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Sania Mirza is a perfect role model in the sport and her inclusion as Royal Challengers Bangalore’s mentor for the upcoming WPL will inspire the team, believes director of cricket Mike Henson.
The 36-year-old six-time Grand Slam winner recently retired from tennis at the Dubai Open and it’s time for her to inspire the BCR women cricketers.
“It doesn’t matter what sport you come from, but to become elite and challenge the norms in terms of being an athlete, wanting to accept pressure and knowing how to handle it, and not being afraid of it, for women’s sport, Sania is a huge icon. said Hesson during a media interaction.
Hesson said they have plenty of experts to talk about the technical details of the game and the former world doubles number one will give their players an edge by talking about the mental challenges they face. It takes you very well to be out of the game.”

The real challenge facing women in sports in India and around the world is how to treat this as an exciting opportunity rather than something that will hold them back.
“The more you talk about the pressure and the emotions of the game, and the challenges rather than talking about technique which we have a lot of expertise in. I think that’s exciting,” he added.
The women’s version of the world’s most lucrative IPL league is set to make its highly anticipated debut on March 4 here with Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Giants, Mumbai Indians and UP Warriorz making up the five teams along with RCB.
(With PTI entries)


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