Villani succeeds Kristen Beams who recently confirmed this season will be her final one for the Stars.
In further news, Principal Partner Optus today confirmed it will broaden its partnership with the Stars by delivering gender parity in the finals bonus structure for both the men’s and women’s Stars squads.
Optus will also have equal brand representation across both squad uniforms.
Villani said: “It’s an honour to be named Stars captain and particularly to be able to follow in the footsteps of Kristen Beams, who is one of my close friends. Beamsy has done such a great job in recent seasons to build a really positive team environment and it’s that culture that attracted me to the club.
“We’re really proud to have a principal partner in Optus who are extremely supportive in helping to grow the WBBL as well as the BBL. To have parity across both teams is something that’s really important to the playing group and backs our one club philosophy,” Villani added.
Congratulations to @ElyseVillani for being named the WBBLI05 Melbourne Stars WBBL captain. Optus is passionate about equality in Aussie sport and proud to announce equal finals bonuses for both the @BBL and @WBBL teams as part of our sponsorship agreement. @StarsBBL #TeamGreen pic.twitter.com/cEiLCcKSxX— Optus (@Optus) October 9, 2019
Optus Head of Marketing Mel Hopkins said the company was proud to play a leading role in driving equality through sport with the Stars.
“We’re delighted to be able to take this important step in delivering parity in the finals bonuses for the Stars squads. We are passionate about driving equality in Australian sport and our relationship with the Stars allows us to continue this good work,” Hopkins said.
“Whether you’re led by Elyse Villani or Glenn Maxwell this season, Optus is committed to levelling the playing field and delivering equal opportunities and reward for elite performance.”
The Stars will open its WBBL|05 campaign against the Hobart Hurricanes on October 19 and 20 at CitiPower Centre.