Former England wicket-keeper batter Sarah Taylor has been named as the assistant coach of Team Abu Dhabi on Friday. Taylor will join the squad alongside head coach Paul Farbrace and South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener ahead of the fifth edition of Abu Dhabi T10 competition.
“Coming into this franchise world, you get players and coaches coming in from all around the world where it may not necessarily be the norm but I’d love to think that some young girl or some woman watching can see me in the coaching team and realise that’s an opportunity and they can push for it, saying ‘If she can do it, why can’t I?’,” Taylor said.
“I do hope that it becomes a little more normal and I may be the first but I won’t be the last. Coaching is my passion and it’s kind of going down the men’s route, which is really exciting.
“I’ve never had issues in male environments and I enjoy the challenge. You always want to prove that you’re good enough, but that’s the same for any coach going into a new environment” she added.
Inclusion of women in Men’s cricket team staff
Sarah has also been a part of the coaching staff at Sussex for the English domestic season. Her appointment with the Abu Dhabi’s team will be her second breakthrough in men’s franchise cricket. Big Bash League team Brisbane Heat had appointed Julia Price as the franchise’s assistant coach in December 2019.
Taylor’s appointment would come handy to Team Abu Dhabi following her exemplary career where she won two World Cups.
Team Abu Dhabi general manager Shane Anderson added: “Sarah brings a wealth of international experience and knowledge to the group and her appointment supports our desire to create a team culture of growth and inclusion, which ultimately sets a strong platform for success.”