Spinner Poonam Yadav on Friday became the eighth Indian cricketer to be signed for the Women’s Big Bash League after Brisbane Heat signed her for the upcoming season.
The 30-year-old India wrist spinner joined the Brisbane side to fill the spot left after the return of New Zealand star Amelia Kerr.
Yadav is in the Indian squad for the ongoing multi-format tour of Australia. She played in two of the three ODIs against Australia, but did not find a place in the playing XI in the latter’s only pink-ball Test.
Yadav has made a habit of wreaking havoc against Australian batsmen, including 4 for 19 in the first match of last year’s T20 World Cup, and Brisbane hopes to do the same in the WBBL. can do
She is the eighth Indian player to have signed with Shafali Verma, Radha Yadav (both Sixers), Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma (both Thunder), Richa Ghosh (Hurricane), Jemima Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur (both Renegades). .
She is joined by Anneke Bosch and Nadine de Klerk of South Africa to round out the Heat’s overseas contingent.
Heat coach Ashley Knopke said in cricket.com.au: “When we lost Amelia Kerr, we believed we could support our group to account for themselves, but Poonam’s skills and her competitiveness Adding it is a huge result.” .
“He is a different type of bowler to Meli, and we are clear on how we can best use his talent in our line-up.
“Jess Jonassen has played against him and as captain, he is very much looking forward to working with him now that he is with the Heat.”
Yadav has played one Test, 54 ODIs and 71 T20Is since making his debut in 2013.
Kerr withdrew from the Big Bash last month citing the need to focus on his mental health, as he had already decided to sit out of the tour of New Zealand. England.
Yadav’s signature is the last international spot in the competition to be confirmed.
The Heat have now completed their 15-player roster, making just four changes to the group that made the semi-finals last season.