Days after constituting a strong team for the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL), the Royal Challengers Bangalore have roped in Indian tennis stalwart Sani Mirza as the team’s mentor. This comes as an inspirational step by the franchise which made some sensational buys at the players’ auction on February 13.
As stated by RCB, Sania is a perfect fit for the team’s philosophy. A winner of 6 Grand Slams and 43 WTA titles, her global stature as one of the leading role models for innumerable women prompted the RCB team management to onboard her to motivate and encourage the women’s team of RCB as Sania is someone whom the players can relate and respond to easily in a team environment.
“It is a pleasure for me to join the RCB women’s team as a mentor. Indian women’s cricket has seen a tectonic shift with the Women’s Premier League, and I am really looking forward to being a part of this revolutionary pitch. RCB and its brand philosophy perfectly resonate with my vision and outlook as that’s how I have approached my playing career and it’s also how I see contributing to sports post my retirement,” Sania said on her appointment.
“RCB has been a popular team and much followed team in the IPL over the years. I am immensely happy to see them building a team for the Women’s Premier League as it will push women’s sports to new heights in the country, open new doors to women cricketers and help make sports the first career choice for young girls and young parents with a girl child,” she added.
Rajesh V Menon, Head and Vice President of Royal Challengers Bangalore, said, “We are glad and honored to welcome Sania Mirza as mentor of the RCB women’s team. She is the perfect role model with her success stemming out of her sheer hard work, passion, and determination, despite many challenges in her playing career.”