Alex Hartley joins Multan Sultans as an Assistant Spin Bowling Coach

The 30-year-old left-arm spinner Alex Hartley made her international debut on 27 June 2016 in an ODI against Pakistan. She has picked up 39 wickets in the ODI format in 28 innings at a strike rate of 35.6 and an average of 24.35. Her best performance with the ball came on 19th October 2016 against West Indies when she returned with outstanding match figures of (4/24) including a maiden in her spell. Apart from the ODIs, she has also picked up three wickets in the T20I format.

Alex Hartley joins Multan Sultans as an Assistant Spin Bowling Coach. PC: Getty
Alex Hartley joins Multan Sultans as an Assistant Spin Bowling Coach. PC: Getty

She had a memorable outing in the ICC Women’s ODI World Cup in 2017. She picked up 10 wickets in eight innings with a strike rate of 43.2 and an average of 30.20. Her best performance with the ball in the World Cup came on 12th July 2017, against New Zealand when she returned with the match figures of (3/44) in her spell, of 9.4 overs which, also included a maiden over. She played a crucial role in helping England clinch their fourth ODI World Cup title. She announced her retirement from international cricket in May earlier this year.

After announcing her retirement from International cricket, she has kept herself busy by actively participating in various other activities like commentating, and being a co-host alongside Kate Cross on the No Balls podcast. She is currently with the BBC as a commentator for the ongoing ODI World Cup in India. In a recent development, she has been appointed as an assistant spin bowling coach for the Multan Sultans, a franchise in the Pakistan Super League led by skipper Mohammad Rizwan and coached by Andy Flower.

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The Multan Sultans finished as the runners-up to Lahore Qalandars this season. “It’s amazing, isn’t it? It is honestly amazing. Surreal. An opportunity that obviously I can’t turn down. I think it is credit to Ali (Ali Tareen, the franchise owner) in Multan Sultans to really change the way women are perceived in the sport, especially in Pakistan. I mean, a huge opportunity and I’m so excited to work alongside the coaches there and I think it’s going to be brilliant.” Alex Hartley is excited about the game-changing opportunity that lies ahead of her, especially in terms of changing the way women are being perceived in the sport.

(Quotes sourced from The New Indian Express).

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