Harmanpreet Kaur, on Friday became the first Indian woman cricket player to be selected to play for Sydney Thunders in the Women’s Big Bash League. Harmanpreet will now play in the second edition of the tournament which is scheduled to take place in December-January. BCCI President Anurag Thakur confirmed the signing on Friday, on the final day of BCCI’s working committee meeting in Dharamsala.
Harmanpreet Kaur signs deal with Sydney Thunder for women’s Big Bash League.
Harmanpreet Kaur said, “I am feeling good about being picked up by Sydney Thunders in the Big Bash League. It’s an exciting opportunity to play with foreign women cricketers and I am happy that my hard work has paid off. I am waiting to land in Australia.”
India women’s team had recorded their first-ever bilateral series win in Australia, winning the T20 series 2-1 ahead of the World T20, and Harmanpreet contributed a 31-ball 46 in a historic chase in the series opening match. Harmanpreet Kaur was also a standout performer during India’s disappointing World T20 campaign, where she scored 89 runs and took seven wickets in four outings.
India captain Mithali Raj and fast bowler Jhulan Goswami were approached by Adelaide Strikers for the inaugural edition of the tournament but the BCCI refused to grant them permission, citing India’s domestic T20 league.