India's Veda Krishnamurthy signs up with Hobart Hurricanes for Women's Big Bash League

Sport360 staff 20:52 18/10/2017
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Krishamurthy will become the third Indian woman to play in the WBBL.

India’s Veda Krishnamurthy has become only the third player from her country to sign up for the KFC Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).

Krishnamurthy has signed for the Hobart Hurricanes for the upcoming third edition of the WBBL. She becomes the franchise’s third overseas players, joining Lauren Winfield and Hayley Matthews.

The 25-year-old joins compatriots Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandanha in the third edition of Australia’s premier T20 competition for women.

Krishnamurthy was a vital member of the Indian side led by Mithali Raj which made it all the wauy to the final of the ICC Champions Trophy for Women earlier this summer before losing to hosts England.

She scored a match winning 45-ball 70 against New Zealand in a virtual quarter-final to ease India’s passage to the last four of the tournament.

India's Harmanpreet Kaur will turn up for Sydney Thunder.

India’s Harmanpreet Kaur will turn up for Sydney Thunder.

The middle-order batter was in talks to become the first Indian to take part in the WBBL last year after negotiations with the Sydney Thunder but the deal eventually fell through.

The WBBL gets underway on December 9 with the final to be held on February 4. Krishnamurthy is not expected to be available for the entire tournament with India scheduled to tour South Africa from mid-February onwards.

There is uncertainty on whether Brisbane Heat will renew Mandanha’s contract for the upcoming season while Harmanpreet Kaur is scheduled to continue her stint with Sydney Thunder.

India all-rounder Deepti Sharma is also believed to be in discussions over a WBBL contract with a number of franchises though there is no confirmation over a move yet.

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