Shafali Verma. (Photograph by Mike Owen/Getty Photos)
NEW DELHI: India’s teen batting sensation Shafali Verma is ready to play for Birmingham Phoenix within the inaugural version of The Hundred and may also flip up for a Sydney franchise within the Girls’s Massive bash League later within the yr.
The 17-year-old, who’s the world primary in ICC ladies’s T20I rankings, thus will be part of her skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, vice-captain Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma within the 100-ball event involving eight males’s and girls’s groups.
“Shafali was approached by Birmingham franchise and the deal is about to be closed. She will likely be changing New Zealand’s Sophie Devine within the group,” a BCCI supply advised PTI.
“She can also be in talks with the Sydney franchise to play within the ladies’s Massive Bash,” the supply added.
Whereas The Hundred, which was postponed final yr because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled to start out on July 21 with the ladies’s match between the Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals in London, ladies’s Massive Bash League is slated later within the yr.
It will likely be the primary abroad T20 competitors for Shafali, who has emerged as a strong striker in world cricket with 617 runs at a strike charge of 148.31 in 22 worldwide matches.
In one other improvement in ladies’s cricket, the pinnacle coach of Indian group will likely be picked this week by the Madan Lal-led Cricket Advisory Committee.
As many as 35 candidates, together with incumbent W V Raman and 5 feminine coaches, have utilized for the publish.
“CAC has obtained the communication relating to the identical and the coach will likely be chosen this week,” a supply stated.
Former chief selector Hemlata Kala, Mamatha Maben, Jaya Sharma, Suman Sharma and Nooshin Al Khadeer are 5 feminine candidates, whereas former coaches Ramesh Powar and Tushar Arothe have additionally utilized for the publish.