WBBL 2021: India’s Shafali Verma to make her Women’s Big Bash League debut with Sydney Sixers!

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Indian young batting sensation Shafali Verma is all set to make her Women’s Big Bash League debut with the two-time Champions team Sydney Sixers later this year.

The young batter is expected to be accompanied by the left-arm spinner Radha Jadav who is currently in talks with the Sydney Sixers franchise. “Shafali’s deal is done, it will be announced when the Women’s Big Bash schedule is released,” a BCCI source told PTI. “Radha is also in talks with the Sydney Sixers,” the source added. Shafali’s father had to sign a consent form as Shafali is still a minor.

“Yes Shafali has signed the contract with Sydney Sixers & given she is a minor, I have had to give my consent too” Shafali’s father Sanjeev said to the media. “I would like to thank the BCCI & Haryana Cricket Association for giving my daughter the permission & support to play in the Women’s Big Bash League. Without the guidance of the HCA, whatever Shafali is doing in her career wouldn’t have been possible”, he added.

Shafali Verma now joins the trio of T20I captain HarmanPreet Kaur (Sydney Thunder), Opener Smriti Mandhana (Brisbane Heat) & all-rounder Veda Krishnamurthy (Hobart Hurricanes) who has already featured in the Women’s Big Bash League.

Shafali Verma who is World’s No 1 batter in the ICC Women’s T20I Rankings will also be featuring for Birmingham Phoenix in the inaugural edition of The Hundred. The Hundred is a 100 ball domestic competition of the ECB board later this year.

While the Hundred which was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 is scheduled to commence on July 21 whereas the Women’s Big Bash League is scheduled to start later this year. The Hundred tournament will be the first overseas T20 tournament for Shafali Verma who has emerged as a powerful batter in World Cricket by registering 617 runs at a strike rate of 148.31 in 22 international matches.

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