On Friday, India’s ace leg spinner Poonam Yadav became the eighth Indian player to be signed to play in the seventh edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) starting from October 14. There are seven other Indians that have already signed to play the WBBL.
|Deepti Sharma||Sydney Thunder|
|Harmanpreet Kaur||Melbourne Renegades|
|Jemimah Rodrigues||Melbourne Renegades|
|Radha Yadav||Sydney Sixers|
|Richa Ghosh||Hobart Hurricanes|
|Shafali Verma||Sydney Sixers|
|Smriti Mandhana||Sydney Thunder|
The 30-year old leg spinner will play for Brisbane Heat. She has replaced New Zealand’s all-rounder Amelia Kerr, who has withdrawn from the tournament due to personal reasons. This will be Poonam’s first WBBL outing as she will make her debut in this Australia’s T20 league.
Poonam is the third overseas player for the upcoming season of the WBBL. South Africa’s all-around duo of Anne Bosch and Nadine de Klerk are the other two overseas players in the side that will be led by Australian left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen.
🇮🇳 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 – Brisbane
8 Indians will feature in this competition 🥳
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) October 8, 2021
Poonam made her T20I debut for India in 2013 and since then has featured in 71 T20Is for India and has scalped 98 wickets at an economy of 5.7 and best of 4-9.
Ashley Noffke, the Brisbane Heat head coach, said, “We know there is a lot of upside to Poonam coming on board this summer. When we lost Amelia Kerr, we were confident we could back our group to give a good account of themselves regardless. But adding Poonam’s skill and her competitiveness is a huge result. She is a different type of bowler to Melie, and we are clear on how we can best utilise her talents in our line-up. Jess Jonassen has played against her and as captain, she is very keen to work alongside her now she is with the Heat. We’re really keen for her to share those insights with our players during the tournament and will urge the group to learn as much as they can.”
Brisbane Heat’s schedule in the WBBL 2021
|Date, Day||Match||Venue||Time (IST)|
|Oct 17, Sun||Perth Scorchers Women vs Brisbane Heat Women, 4th Match||Bellerive Oval, Hobart||4:45 AM (Oct 17)|
|Oct 19, Tue||Brisbane Heat Women vs Perth Scorchers Women, 7th Match||Bellerive Oval, Hobart||11:20 AM|
|Oct 23, Sat||Melbourne Stars Women vs Brisbane Heat Women, 11th Match||Invermay Park, Launceston||8:30 AM|
|Oct 24, Sun||Adelaide Strikers Women vs Brisbane Heat Women, 14th Match||Invermay Park, Launceston||4:45 AM (Oct 24)|
|Oct 26, Tue||Hobart Hurricanes Women vs Brisbane Heat Women, 18th Match||Aurora Stadium, Launceston||11:20 AM|
|Oct 30, Sat||Brisbane Heat Women vs Hobart Hurricanes Women, 24th Match||Aurora Stadium, Launceston||2:00 PM|
|Oct 31, Sun||Brisbane Heat Women vs Melbourne Stars Women, 27th Match||Aurora Stadium, Launceston||8:10 AM|
|Nov 06, Sat||Melbourne Renegades Women vs Brisbane Heat Women, 31st Match||Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide, South Australia||4:45 AM (Nov 06)|
|Nov 07, Sun||Sydney Thunder Women vs Brisbane Heat Women, 34th Match||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||4:45 AM (Nov 07)|
|Nov 09, Tue||Sydney Sixers Women vs Brisbane Heat Women, 37th Match||Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide, South Australia||9:05 AM|
|Nov 13, Sat||Brisbane Heat Women vs Sydney Sixers Women, 44th Match||Harrup Park, Mackay||1:35 PM|
|Nov 14, Sun||Brisbane Heat Women vs Adelaide Strikers Women, 45th Match||Harrup Park, Mackay||4:45 AM (Nov 14)|
|Nov 19, Fri||Brisbane Heat Women vs Sydney Thunder Women, 50th Match||Harrup Park, Mackay||1:35 PM|
|Nov 20, Sat||Brisbane Heat Women vs Melbourne Renegades Women, 54th Match||Harrup Park, Mackay||1:35 PM|
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