Flamboyant Indian batter Shefali Verma is all set to feature in the forthcoming edition of the Women’s Big Bash League 2021 for Sydney Sixers. This will be her maiden stint in the competition. Shefali has already secured a deal for her in ‘The Hundred’ with Birmingham Phoenix.
Shefali’s father Sajeev Verma confirmed the news of her participation in the upcoming season of the WBBL while talking to ESPN Cricinfo.
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“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.”
The 17-year-old had a memorable year so far and is set to become even fruitful with her future assignments abroad. Last year, Indian players gave WBBL a keeping a hectic schedule in mind.
However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has agreed to grant NOCs (No Objection Certificate) to players who manage to get a deal from franchises.
Alongside Shafali, it is being speculated that left-arm spinner Radha Yadav will be making her WBBL debut later this year. ESPN Cricinfo reports that the forthcoming WBBL season will see a huge Indian contingent, with the BCCI set to provide NOCs to everyone that’d be able to strike deals.
“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,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted a senior BCCI official as saying.