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Sarah Taylor becomes first woman coach in men’s professional franchise cricket

Former England wicket-keeper batter Sarah Taylor has become the first woman coach in men’s professional franchise cricket after she was named assistant coach of Team Abu Dhabi for the Abu Dhabi T10 league beginning November 19.

Earlier this year, Taylor was named a part of the coaching staff at Sussex for the English domestic season.

At Abu Dhabi, she will join head coach Paul Farbrace alongside South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener.

After making her debut in 2006, the 32-year-old Taylor played in 10 Tests, 126 ODIs and 90 T20Is before announcing her international retirement in 2019.

She returned to professional cricket this summer to feature in The Hundred and the 2021 Women’s Twenty20 Cup in the U.K. Taylor, who won two ICC Women’s World Cups, the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and represented England 226 times.

Team Abu Dhabi also announced the signing of England international Liam Lawrence as their Icon Player, while West Indies legend Chris Gayle was retained.

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