Shafali Verma is all set to make her debut in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) 2021. As per reports, the Sydney Sixers have signed a contract with her to play for the next season. Verma’s father confirmed the development while speaking to ESPNCricInfo.
“Yes, Shafali has signed the contract with Sydney Sixers, and given she is a minor, I have had to give my consent, too,” Verma’s father, Sanjeev, told ESPNcricinfo. “I would like to thank the BCCI and Haryana Cricket Association [HCA] for giving my daughter the permission and support to play in the WBBL. Without the guidance of the HCA, whatever Shafali is doing in her career wouldn’t have been possible.” Shafali’s father said.
Shafali is most likely to open for the side alongside World’s number five batsman, Alyssa Healy. The 17-year old would be keen to make the most out of the opportunity and give her best.
Recently, Verma also signed a contract with Birmingham Phoenix to feature in the inaugural season of England’s The Hundred tournament. She joins compatriots Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, and Jemimah Rodrigues to make her debut in the tournament.
WBBL 2021: Radha Yadav also set for her debut
It has also been understood that left-arm spinner Radha Yadav is also most likely to earn a contract for the next season. Either of the two teams based out of Sydney is likely to sign a contract with the Indian spinner. The 2021 season is set to witness the largest Indian contingent in the history of the league.
“All players who have been or will be approached by Big Bash teams will be given all necessary permissions to participate in the WBBL this season,” a BCCI official told Cricinfo on the condition of anonymity.
The WBBL 2021 is likely to be organised between October and November 2021.