The Indian leg spinner Poonam Yadav has been signed by the Brisbane Heat to feature in the upcoming Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). She is the eighth Indian women cricketer who has been given the opportunity to feature in WBBL, which is probably the biggest league in women’s cricket at the moment.
Apart from Poonam, the other Indian women cricketers who will take part in the upcoming WBBL are Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav and Richa Ghosh.
Mandhana and Harmanpreet have been a regular feature in most of the foreign leagues around the world in the last few years. They have played in WBBL quite a few times before and apart from that, they have played in the Kia Super League as well which is the county-based T20 competition in England.
A lot of modern Indian cricketers are getting contracts in foreign leagues like WBBL
However, now from the modern generation, a lot of other cricketers are joining Mandhana and Harmanpreet and are putting on an exhibition of their skillset in foreign leagues like WBBL.
🇮🇳 players in WBBL this year 👇
Smriti Mandhana – Thunders
Deepti Sharma – Thunders
Shafali Verma – Sixers
Radha Yadav – Sixers
Richa Ghosh – Hobart
Jemimah Rodrigues – Renegades
Harmanpreet Kaur – Renegades
Poonam Yadav – BrisbaneAdvertisement
8 Indians will feature in this competition 🥳
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Recently in the Hundred competition in England, which was one of its kind, Jemimah Rodrigues put on a show with her extraordinary strokeplay and scored 92 runs off 40 odd balls in one of the games.
Not just Jemimah, but India’s young sensation Shafali Verma has caught the eyes of cricket fans all around the world as well with her dashing style of batting and fearless strokeplay.
The way the Indian women cricketers are upskilling themselves, there is a growing demand for Women’s IPL in the country as many people feel there is enough talent in the domestic circuit now for 6 or 8 teams to be assembled with Indian domestic and international cricketers and foreign recruits.
BCCI has, so far, only organized IPL exhibition matches for the women cricketers with three teams Trailblazers, Supernovas and Velocity, but many people want a full-fledged women’s IPL now.