Indian vice-captain and all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur have created a history as she has become first Indian women player to sign a deal with a BBL franchise i.e. Sydney Thunder. Kaur will be part of defending champions team in the BBL which is scheduled to be played in December-January.
Earlier the Indian board was reluctant to allow women players to play in the foreign T20 leagues but now they have accepted and have revoked the rule. The news was confirmed by the newly elected BCCI president Anurag Thakur on the final day of Indian boards working committee meeting in Dharamsala, who also declared the new coach of Indian cricket team viz Anil Kumble.
Sydney Thunder was not the lone team who offered a contract to Kaur as she had earlier received offers from at least three franchises. She chose to play for the defending champions.
Kaur is going through a dream run as in the recently concluded T20 World Cup where the women team failed to qualify for the second round, Harmanpreet was the lone survivor as she scored 89 runs and also scalped 7 wickets in four matches. Though his all round performance could not turn the fortunes of Indian team but yes earned her a BBL contract.
Kaur had a wonderful outing in Australia earlier this year in January as she was the highest run scorer for Indian team despite missing a game. She scored 70 runs in two innings she played at the strike rate of 145.83.
Not only women but she is also first Indian player to play in BBL as BCCI policies do not allow any Indian player in foreign T20 leagues. Harmanpreet Kaur is not the first women cricketer to be offered a contract as earlier Indian captain Mithali Raj and fast bowler Jhulan Goswami were offered a contract last year for the same but they had declined the offer as BCCI rejected the permission to do so.
Sydney Thunder will kick off their campaign against the Sydney Sixers on December 6.