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Haryana’s Shafali Verma all set for WBBL fireworks with Sydney Sixers

Shafali Verma. Photo: Twitter/@TheShafaliVerma

New Delhi, May 14 (MNN) Indian teenage batting sensation Shafali Verma is set to make her Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) debut with two-time champions Sydney Sixers later this year in Australia.

Shafali’s father confirmed to ESPNCricinfo the development and thanked the BCCI and Haryana Cricket Association for giving her daughter the permission and support to play the WBBL.

The world number 1 women’s T20I player bagged the contract for the inaugural edition of The Hundred — the 100-ball domestic competition of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) — when Birmingham Phoenix acquired the 17-year-old’s services as New Zealand batter Sophie Devine’s replacement.

Before the Hundred rolls out from July 21, which was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shafali and her teammates will tour England next month for a bilateral series.

In 22 T20Is since her debut, she has scored 617 runs, with three half-centuries at a strike rate of a just under 150.

Only three India players have played in the WBBL previously.

India T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur (Sydney Thunder) and vice-captain Smriti Mandhana (Brisbane Heat) debuted in the 2016-17.

While Kaur played three straight seasons for the Thunder, Mandhana’s second bow in the competition was for the Hobart Hurricanes, in 2018-19. Veda Krishnamurthy played the season in 2017-18, also for the Hobart Hurricanes.

The 2021 season of the WBBL is set to start in October. All players are required to complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine period after landing in Australia.

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