WBBL 2021: Destructive Indian batter Shafali Verma is all set to showcase her talent in the upcoming season of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), the seventh edition of the tournament. This will mark her WBBL debut. The batter will be starring for Sydney Sixers.
The two-time champions Sydney Sixers signed a contract with her for the upcoming season earlier this year. Verma will be joined by compatriot, left-arm spinner Radha Yadav, who would also be playing her maiden WBBL game.
The 17-year-old Shafali Verma has been attracting a lot of national and international attention, owing to her swashbuckling knocks, especially, in the T20 format of the game. In just 22 WT20I matches, she has amassed 617 runs. Her latest heroic performance came during the one-off Test between India and England, in which she played a brilliant knock of 96 runs just in the first innings of her debut Test. She completed the match totaling her score of 159 runs. She has also featured in three WODI.
The only other Indian players to feature in the league include Hamarpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, and Jemimah Rodrigues.
The WBBL 2021 is set to roll out on October 14 and will run till November 27, opening with a blockbuster clash between the Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars under lights at North Sydney Oval, as per cricket.com.au. However, The full schedule of the tournament is yet to be released.
All the 59 matches of the league will take place across six states after the entire last edition was successfully conducted behind closed doors. The venues include North Sydney Oval, WACA Ground, Metricon Stadium, Junction Oval, Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide, Lilac Hill in Perth, Blundstone Arena, the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston, Blacktown International Sportspark, Centennial Park Oval in Nuriootpa, and Mackay’s Great Barrier Reef Arena.
“We’re also delighted to take the competition back to our passionate and loyal fans around the country provided it is safe to do so. We’re hoping to give as many fans as possible the opportunity to watch their teams live, along with the millions watching on TV across Australia and around the world.”Cricket Australia’s head of the Big Bash, Alistair Dobson