Royal Challengers Bangalore has named Australia’s Luke Williams as the head coach for the RCB women’s team ahead of the WPL 2024.
Luke Williams Roped in as Women’s RCB Head Coach
Royal Challengers Bangalore Women’s team got eliminated from the first edition of the tournament before entering the playoffs. With just 2 victories of the 8 games, RCB-W ended at 4th spot on the points table.
As per WPL Rules, the top three teams will enter the playoff to play the Eliminator and Final game. The first season was played in March 2023 and saw Mumbai Indians win the first title. Matches were played in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, with five franchises taking part.
RCB made the announcement right after they roped in Mo Bobat as RCB’s director of cricket.
The former cricketer has played first-class cricket for South Australia and has led the Adelaide Strikers to two runners-up finishes and a maiden WBBL title in 2022-23.
Williams was also assistant coach of the Southern Brave team in the Women’s Hundred during their successful 2023 campaign. Furthermore, in four years with the South Australia Scorpions in the National Cricket League, he was at the helm in two runners-up finishes
Prathmesh Mishra, RCB Chairman, welcomed Williams to the franchise: “I extend a heartfelt welcome to Luke Williams as he takes the reins of the RCB women’s team. With his expertise and leadership, our goal is to embody the spirit of Royal Challengers Bangalore, to play bold and embark on a journey filled with determination, passion, and a relentless pursuit of excellence, aiming to make our fans and supporters proud.”
Williams expressed his gratitude to the franchise for bringing him on board, and his excitement in working with one of the most widely-followed franchises in sport.
“I am thrilled to have been provided this opportunity with RCB and can’t wait to get started with the team’s preparations for the second season of the WPL. I look forward to working with a playing group that will host a number of the most exciting players in Indian and world cricket, as we look to bring a bold and exciting style of play and success to our huge, passionate fan base.”