Lucknow franchise of WPL to be known as UP Warriorz

LUCKNOW, Feb 10:  The Lucknow franchise of the inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL), owned by Capri Global Holdings Private Limited, will be known as UP Warriorz.

One of the five teams of this year’s WPL, the UP Warriorz was bought by Capri Global Holdings Private Limited for Rs 757 crore at an auction hosted by the BCCI.

UP Warriorz’s logo comprises four components — a rendition of the sarus crane, a sword, wings that extend out like the rays of the sun, and a shield to hold it all together.

Former England cricketer Jon Lewis has been appointed as the head coach of the team, while Arjuna awardee Anju Jain will be the assistant coach.

Former Australian cricketer Ashley Noffke will be the bowling coach, while four-time world champion from Australia Lisa Sthalekar will be the mentor.

Lewis, the current head coach of the England women’s team, is vastly experienced and has bagged more than 1200 wickets in over 500 games, internationally and domestically.

Well known in the English county circuit, Lewis was the bowling coach for the England men’s team in 2021, and worked with an elite group of bowlers like Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and Ben Stokes.

“I am delighted to be part of the Capri Global Holdings Private Limited family with the UP Warriorz and expect this to be a fascinating insight into the depth of cricket in India and a high-octane ride for the next couple of months,” Lewis said in a statement issued by the franchise.

“The WPL is a huge step forward for women’s cricket globally and I am excited to be an integral part of this journey. Having Anju Jain, Ashley Noffke and Lisa Sthalekar who bring in a diverse set of experiences to the dugout can only make the task a whole lot easier.”

The WPL is set to be played in Mumbai from March 4 to 26.

A total of 22 matches will be played with the Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium playing host to the marquee tournament.

The Player Auction for the WPL will be held in Mumbai on February 13.  (PTI)