Brisbane Heat signs Pooja Vastrakar, Hobart Hurricanes signs Lizelle Lee for WBBL 2022

The 2022-23 edition of the Women’s Big Bash League will now enter into its upcoming 8th edition. The eight-team tournament is scheduled to run from 13th October to 20th November. The last edition saw a revamped Perth Scorchers team win their maiden title.

 

WBBL07 Winners - Perth Scorchers
WBBL07 Winners – Perth Scorchers

Brisbane Heat signs Pooja Vastrakar for WBBL 2022

Pooja Vastrakar's 4 Wicket haul help India restrict New Zealand to 260 Runs. PC: ICC / Getty Images
Pooja Vastrakar’s 4 Wicket haul help India restrict New Zealand to 260 Runs. PC: ICC / Getty Images

 

Indian all-rounder, Pooja Vastrakar has been signed by Brisbane Heat. Pooja debuted for India in the white-ball formats in 2018 and she always has only gotten better with time. Pooja Vastrakar last summer against Australia made life difficult for them on their home soil. Pooja, the bowler who’s improved on her consistency to hit good lines and length has seen the batter in her grow in confidence and strike the ball out of the park with handy contributions now coming very often. Pooja has picked up 21 wickets in 25 innings with the best figures of 3/6 and an excellent economy of 6.11 in T20I’s. With bat in hand, she’s averaging 18.40 which is very good for a tailender and has scored 184 runs in 17 innings with a highest of 37* at an impressive strike rate of 131.42. Pooja Vastrakar walks straight into any team’s starting XI being this fine package.

Brisbane Heat head coach, Ashley Noffke had high praises for Pooja as she stated, “Pooja is an outstanding athlete. She bowls with sharp pace, can find the boundary with the bat down the order, and is an absolute jet in the field. We’re very pleased to welcome her to the WBBL and are excited about the experience we can offer her. She’s certainly a player of the future for India and one that we expect can make a difference for the Heat this summer.”

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BRISBANE HEAT’S SQUAD (SO FAR) :

Jess Jonassen(c), Amelia Kerr (NZ), Pooja Vastrakar (Ind), Nicola Hancock, Grace Harris, Laura Harris, Mikayla Hinkley, Ellie Johnston, Charli Knott, Georgia Redmayne, Courtney Sippel, Georgia Voll.

Hobart Hurricanes signs Lizelle Lee for WBBL 2022

Lizelle Lee in action. PC: Cricket South Africa / Twitter
Lizelle Lee in action. PC: Cricket South Africa / Twitter

 

Another big signing has come in with Lizelle Lee. After reports of a rift between Lee and the Cricket South Africa board over the issue of a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for The Hundred tournament, Lizelle Lee aged 30 retired from all forms of international cricket. She’ll now take part in the 2nd edition of The Hundred before featuring in the Big Bash this time in purple for the Hobart Hurricanes. Lee’s previous four previous WBBL seasons saw the striker score 1,361 runs in 53 matches at a strike rate of 124.88.

Lizelle Lee on her signing said, “I’m super excited to be joining the Hurricanes. I was originally meant to join the Hurricanes last year, but due to a combination of my family circumstances, international commitments and bubble fatigue, I just couldn’t make it work. My good friend and South African teammate, Mignon (Du Preez), said she really enjoyed her time in the Hurricanes environment last season.”

HOBART HURRICANE’S SQUAD (SO FAR) :

Nicola Carey, Maisy Gibson, Heather Graham, Ruth Johnston, Lizelle Lee (South Africa), Emma Manix-Geeves, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Amy Smith, Naomi Stalenberg, Molly Strano, Rachel Trenaman, Elyse Villani.

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