Big Bash League franchise Hobart Hurricanes have gone on to sign India Women’s opener Smriti Mandhana for the upcoming 4th edition of Women’s Big Bash League that kick starts on 1 December. Mandhana earlier became the second Indian player after Harmanpreet Kaur to to sign a deal with a WBBL team. Harmanpreet has been grabbed up by Sydney Thunder for the third successive season.
Mandhana had a great season playing for ‘Western Storm’ in 2018 in England and she will be joined with her Storm captain Heather Knight in the Hurricanes camp. Moreover, Mandhana playing for Western Storm in the Kia Super League 2018 (England), finished as the highest run-getter with 421 runs in just 9 innings.
Mandhana earlier represented Brisbane Heat in the Season 2 of WBBL but a knee injury ended her stay in the tournament. She is now picked up by the Hurricanes as a replacement to India’s middle-order batter Veda Krishnamurthy for the 4th season.
“I’m really excited to have another opportunity in the WBBL this summer. I’ve heard from many players that the Hurricanes group is a great squad to be around and I can’t wait to get to Tasmania for the matches,” said Smriti Mandhana.
Hobart Hurricanes’ newly appointed coach Salliann Briggs was very delighted to have a player like Mandhana in the squad. “Mandhana is a proven performer on the world stage, we saw that just last week with her knock against the Aussies. I can’t wait to see her in purple, she’s an exciting addition not only for us but for the whole competition,” said Briggs.
The fourth season of Women’s Big Bash League will be played starting from December 01. Hobart Hurricanes will feature in the tournament opener playing against Perth Scorchers at the latter’s home ground. Meanwhile, Smriti Mandhana will play her first game for Hurricanes on December 08 in a home fixture against Melbourne Stars.
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