WBBL clubs are looking to sign up some Indian stars after their CommBank Series fixtures in Australia.
India’s big names in women’s cricket are set to make a much awaited return to the Women’s Big Bash League for the first time since 2017. According to the Cricket Australia website, the Sixers have been strongly linked to batter Shafali Verma and spinner Radha Yadav, although no Indian player’s signing has been confirmed any WBBL club so far.
Since the Indian players are already in the country and have no conflicting engagements after their ongoing tour of Australia ends, they make ideal recruits for the league’s clubs.
Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur were the last Indians to play in WBBL, in 2018-19, and Indian players have not take part in any WBBL series since then because of conflicting schedules. They, along with the likes of Shafali Varma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma are reported to be in demand for the coming season.
CommBank Series – Australia v India
Meanwhile, the Indian women had a disappointing start to the tour of Australia when they suffered a 36-run loss in a 50-over warm-up match at the Ian Healy Oval in Brisbane on Saturday. Chasing Australia’s 278 for 9, India could only manage 242 for seven in its 50 overs with Pooja Vastrakar (57) the top-scorer. The tourists opted to exclude star allrounder Harmanpreet Kaur as well as likely starters in game one – batter Jemimah Rodrigues and pace-bowling allrounder Shikha Pandey.
The two teams meet in the ODI series opener on Tuesday, 21 September.
ICC.tv, ICC’s streaming platform, will live stream the multi-format series against India from tomorrow, 21 September – 12 October, followed by the entire 2021- 22 international calendar in Australia.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has partnered with Cricket Australia to broadcast the upcoming Australian summer of cricket into emerging cricket markets including Europe and Southeast Asia, starting with the highly anticipated rematch between India and Australia, finalists in last year’s ICC T20 Women’s World Cup.
ICC.tv, the streaming platform launched by the ICC in July, will live stream the multi-format series against India from tomorrow, 21 September – 12 October, followed by the entire 2021- 22 international calendar in Australia.