It’s yet another good news for the Indian Team, as the Sydney Sixers are all set to welcome the Indian rising stars, Shafali Verma and Radha Yadav. Both Shafali and Radha are looking forward to playing their maiden Big Bash League game this October and are bestowed with an opportunity to sharpen their skills under the guidance of some of the world-renowned cricketers.
The ever-impressive Shafali has been offered a chance to play alongside the finest combination of Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry and Ashleigh Gardner. Shafali Verma, the youngest cricketer ever to be a part of all three international squads, has made her father proud once again and as he speaks to ESPNCricinfo, he asserts, “Yes, Shefali has signed the contract with Sydney Sixers, and given she is a minor, I have had to give my consent, too. I would like to thank the BCCI and HCA for giving my daughter the permission and support to play in the WBBL. Without the guidance of the HCA, whatever Shefali is doing in her career wouldn’t have been possible.”
Shafali too anticipates the tournament as she reports, “This is a very good opportunity for me and my goal is to just enjoy myself, to make some new friends and have fun, I want to play WBBL and back myself and just believe in myself.” Though Radha Yadav was not in the ODI and Test squad for Australia, her T20 skills have got her to the WBBL this year. “It is a very good standard and I am so happy to be able to play for the Sixers this year,” said Radha.
Ben Sawyer, Sixers’ coach, seems excited to have the two youngsters in the squad. He said, “Shafali is very impressive. She’s such a talent and she’s fearless. Radha brings a skillset that we have never had at the Sixers and that’s very exciting. She has also batted in the middle of the order for India so she is handy with the bat too.”
The girls will play their first game against the Melbourne Stars on 14 October, at Blundstone Arena in Hobart. It will be a sought after game and the fans can catch the live action on Channel 7, Fox Cricket and Kayo.
WBBL 07 squad so far:
Ellyse Perry* (c), Jade Allen, Nicole Bolton, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner*, Alyssa Healy*, Emma Hughes, Matilda Lugg, Angela Reakes, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Shafali Verma (Ind), Radha Yadav (Ind)
In: Shafali Verma, Radha Yadav, Nicole Bolton (Scorchers), Maitlan Brown (Renegades), Matilda Lugg, Jade Allen
Out: Marizanne Kapp (Scorchers), Dane van Niekerk, Sarah Aley (retired), Jodie Hicks, Lisa Griffith, Maddy Darke
*Australia contracted player