India Women’s cricketers Shafali Verma and Radha Yadav are all set to make their Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) debuts later this year. According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Verma, 17, has already signed a contract with Sydney Sixers franchise. Sydney Sixers have won the tournament twice and the addition of young Shafali will only boost their moral.
“Yes, Shafali has signed the contract with Sydney Sixers, and given she is a minor, I have had to give my consent, too,” Verma’s father, Sanjeev, told ESPNcricinfo. “I would like to thank the BCCI and Haryana Cricket Association [HCA] for giving my daughter the permission and support to play in the WBBL. Without the guidance of the HCA, whatever Shafali is doing in her career wouldn’t have been possible.”
Only three Indian players have participated in WBBL before
Along with her, Radha Yadav, India’s left arm spinner, is also on the verge of signing a contract with one of the two Sydney-based franchises. Till date, only three Indian players have participated in the WBBL – Indian T20 captainc Harmanpreet Kaur, vice-captain Smriti Mandhana and middle-order batter Veda Krishnamurthy. While Kaur and Mandhana debuted in the 2016-17 edition, Veda played just one season in the year 2017-18.
Earlier this week, ANI had reported that Shafali will also play the inaugural edition of The Hundred along with Kaur, Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma. Verma will play for the Birmingham Phoenix, while Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana will represent Manchester Originals and Southern Brave respectively.
Ramesh Powar appointed as head coach
The Indian women’s team is scheduled to tour England in the coming month to play one Test, three ODIs and as many T20Is. The BCCI is likely to announce the squad today and they will travel along with India Men’s squad to the UK. Yesterday, the CAC suggested the name of Ramesh Power for the position of Head Coach for the Women’s national team and the BCCI appointed him after sacking WV Raman, the previous coach.