Rajasthan Royals ropes in Lisa Sthalekar as youth, junior cricket programmes advisor

The franchise launched its youth programmes in October last year and Sthalekar had flown down to Jaipur to be part of the felicitation ceremony.

Lisa Sthalekar interacts with players from the Royal Sparks at its first training session.

Lisa Sthalekar interacts with players from the Royal Sparks at its first training session.   -  Special Arrangement

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals has named former Australia women’s team captain Lisa Sthalekar as the advisor for its youth and junior cricket programmes.

The franchise launched its youth programmes in October last year and Sthalekar had flown down to Jaipur to be part of the felicitation ceremony.

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In her new role, Sthalekar will be responsible for creating a year-round programme for the Royal Colts (boys) and Royal Sparks (girls), which will include high performance camps and competitions for the selected individuals. She will also help organise school tournaments to introduce many more youngsters to the beautiful game of cricket.

“I am extremely pleased to join Rajasthan Royals as an advisor. I am looking forward to my role of identifying and nurturing cricketing talent, especially the girls, so that they can make a mark for themselves in the cricketing world,” Sthalekar said.

A former spin all-rounder, Sthalekar is the first woman to score 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in One Day internationals.