Though this will be her first stint with cricket, Sagar is no stranger to sports auctions. In 2021, she was the auctioneer for the Pro Kabaddi League – becoming the first woman to conduct the auctions in the league.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India( BCCI) has roped in Mallika Sagar- a specialist in ultramodern and contemporary Indian art- as the auctioneer for the Women’s Premier League( WPL) transaction, to be held at the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai on Monday.
Sagar is an auctioneer at the Pundole’s in Mumbai. After completing her major in art history from Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, she began her career at Christie’s in 2001, being its first woman auctioneer of Indian origin.
Though this will be her first stint with justice, Sagar is no foreigner to sports deals. In 2021, she was the auctioneer for the Pro Kabaddi League- getting the first woman to conduct the deals in the league.
Delhi centrals on Saturday blazoned its coaching staff ahead of the initial edition of the Women’s Premier League, which will be held between March 4- 26, in Mumbai.
Jonathan Batty, who counseled the Oval Invincibles women’s platoon to The Hundred titles in 2021 and 2022 has been named the platoon’s Head Coach. Batty has also counseled the Melbourne Stars in the Women’s Big Bash League and the Surrey Women’s side.
Speaking on the development, the 48- time old said, “ I ’m absolutely thrilled to be joining Delhi centrals as head trainer for the initial WPL. It’s a huge honour to have been granted this occasion by the operation, and I ca n’t stay to work with the platoon. It’s an inconceivable time to be involved in Women’s justice and the WPL has the implicit to transfigure the geography of women’s professional sport encyclopedically. ”
Delhi centrals has also appointed former cricketers Hemlata Kala and Lisa Keightley as the platoon’s adjunct trainers.
Kala, who represented India in 7 Tests and 78 ODIs, has also been the chief of the public selection panel. It was during her term as Chief Selector that India reached the final of the ICC World Cup in 2017, a corner moment for the women’s game in India. “ I’m thankful and agitated for this new part with Delhi centrals. I’m looking forward to putting together our team ahead of the initial edition of the event, which I’m confident will be a gamechanger for women’s justice. ”
Keightley, who played 9 Tests and 82 ODIs for Australia, counseled the England women’s side to the 2022 ICC World Cup final. She has also served as head trainer for the Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder in the Women’s Big Bash League. “ I ’m veritably agitated to be involved with the Delhi centrals and to be working with so numerous different players and staff from around the world. WPL is a game changer for women’s sports around the world, and we’ve the occasion to showcase justice to a new followership. ”
Biju George, who had a successful term with the Indian women’s platoon, has been named as the side’s Fielding Trainer. George works in the same capacity with the Delhi centrals men’s side as well.
The initial transaction for the Women’s Premier League will be held on February 13, in Mumbai.
Ever since the initial edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008, overseas auctioneers Richard Madley and Hugh Edmeades have been the gavel masters, with Charu Sharma stepping in in 2022 when Edmeades fell ill.
But according to the BCCI interposers, it was a ‘ well-conditioned study of ’ idea to get an Indian woman auctioneer for the WPL as it would help in creating the right brand proposition. Since the transaction was held at a short notice, logistics was also a factor.
The Board has also informed the brigades that each of them should have at least 15 players in their team and the minimum spend should be Rs 9 crore. The maximum team size should be confined to 18, according to the communication transferred to the votes. While votes can buy six overseas players, the value of total bag is Rs 12 crore. Know More Women’s Cricket News…