Tuesday, 28 March, 2023

Lanning to captain Delhi Capitals in inaugural WPL

Decorated Australia cricket captain Meg Lanning will skipper the Delhi Capitals in the inaugural Women's Premier League, the franchise said on Thursday, reports AFP. The 30-year-old has led her country to four Twenty20 World Cup titles -- the latest in South Africa last month -- and a one-day crown. The WPL, a T20 competition, begins on Saturday and has been touted as a game-changer for women's cricket. "It's a very proud moment for me to firstly be involved in a franchise like the Delhi Capitals and then to be named captain is a huge honour," Lanning said in Mumbai, where the WPL will take place over the course of this month. Batter Lanning has played 132 T20 internationals, hitting two centuries and 15 half-centuries at an average of 36.61 and strike rate of 116.37. She has led Australia in 100 T20 matches, the most by any women's player to captain a side in the format. Lanning will face off in the WPL against fellow Australians Beth Mooney, who was named captain of the Gujarat Giants, and Alyssa Healy, who will lead the UP Warriorz.