Ahead of the fifth edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 league, Team Abu Dhabi has made a historic announcement signing Sarah Taylor, the former wicketkeeping batter of England’s women’s cricket team, as an assistant coach.
Team Abu Dhabi has become the first-ever franchise in men’s cricket history to sign a female coach. The franchise took it to Twitter to announce the surprising news. The statement read,
“History maker! We’re proud to announce @Sarah_Taylor30 as our assistant coach for Season 5 of the #AbuDhabiT10! She becomes the FIRST female coach in Men’s professional franchise cricket!”
History maker! ?
— Team Abu Dhabi Cricket (@TeamADCricket) October 29, 2021
The 32-year old retired from international cricket in 2019 following her anxiety issue. Her recent involvement was for Welsh Fire in Women’s Hundred 2021.
Unquestionably, she is one of the finest wicketkeeping batters, men or women, England Cricket has ever produced. She has don national jersey in 90 T20Is, 126 ODIs, and 10 Tests scoring 2177, 4056, and 300 runs respectively in the mentioned formats. It will be interesting to see Sarah’s transition from a player to the men’s team coach.
For T10 League 2021, Team Abu Dhabi named a star-studded squad including the likes of Chris Gayle, Liam Livingstone, Paul Stirling, Naveen ul Haq, Obed McCoy, Danny Briggs, Colin Ingram, Merchant De Lange, Fidel Edwards, Phil Salt. Have a look at the complete squad:
We can’t wait to see all our international superstars in action ?
— Team Abu Dhabi Cricket (@TeamADCricket) October 8, 2021
In the last edition, the Abu Dhabi franchise finished on the third spot after beating Qalandars in the 3rd place playoffs. They are now keen to grab the trophy this year under the sound commandment of Sarah Taylor.