Indian women’s cricket team vice-captain, Harmanpreet Kaur, became the first Indian to join a Big Bash League club after BCCi approved its female playes to join foreign leagues. The Sydney Thunder, who have also won the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League, confirmed in a statement on their official website. The talented cricketer had previously talked about joining the club, but was waiting for the no objection certificate from the Indian cricket board.“It’s a great feeling,” said Harmanpreet.“The WBBL is a great platform for women’s cricketers, being the first player from my country to sign a contract for a BBL club is one of my best moments.“My aim is to serve my team to win the WBBL title for the second time in a row,” Harmanpreet added. “Playing with the best players against the best players is always a great feeling. I would definitely learn a lot of things from them all.”Harmanpreet had a good run over the past one year. She also impressed with her form on India’s tour of Australia, scoring 31-runs of 46 ball to take India over the victory line in Adelaide. She has represented the country in 118 matches across all formats of the game.Sydney Thunder General Manager Nick Cummins was impressed with her performance and remained keen to get her on board for the second season.“We are delighted to secure a player of the calibre of Harmanpreet,” said Cummins.“She was on the top of our target list, and we are very pleased that the BCCI has released her to play in Australia.“Sydney Thunder prides itself on being an innovator in Australian cricket, so it is a real fillip for the club to have signed the first Indian international to play Big Bash cricket in Australia.”The 27-year-old all-rounder will be looking to capitalise on her big signing when she makes her debut in December in the WBBL.
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