SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 12: Sixers players form a huddle during the Women's Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Sydney Sixers at Drummoyne Oval on December 12, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Female cricket legend Rachel Haynes will transition into a new role this season that will see her oversee both the BBL and WBBL operations for the Sydney Sixers.

One of the most accomplished players in the female cricketing arena, Haynes is a five-time World Cup winner and played 99 matches for the Sydney Thunder and 167 games for Australia before announcing her retirement from the game last September.

Her role will see her take over from Jodie Hawkins, who previously held the position. It will also mean she will report to Cricket NSW's General Manager of Big Bash Leagues, Chris Botherway- the same as Sydney Thunder Head of Operations, Adam Gilchrist.

"Since retiring as a player last November I have had time to reflect on my career, but just as importantly, plan for the future, and when this role with the Sydney Sixers came along, I just felt like it was a great fit," Haynes said in a statement.

"Cricket has obviously been a massive part of my life and I feel like I have learnt a lot along the way, through my studies and as a player, in what drives a successful team and a successful club.

"The Sixers are the most revered club in the league, having played in 11 of the 20 finals held in BBL and WBBL history. We have some of cricket's most recognisable faces and play at iconic grounds like North Sydney Oval and the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"I am looking forward to sinking my teeth into the role and driving the club forward to provide our members and fans with the best experience possible."

The new season of the WBBL will begin at North Sydney Oval on October 19 when the Sydney Sixers take on the Melbourne Stars.

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