The Indian women’s team cricket captain Harmanpreet Kaur became the second Indian after Smriti Mandhana to sign for England’s Kia Super League as an overseas player. She became the first Indian player to sign for Big Bash League for Sydney Thunder in 2016.
She became the first Indian cricketer across genders to sign for Big Bash League in 2016. She slammed 36-ball 41 runs and made an impressive performance in the rest of the series and slammed she made her highest-ever T20 chase.
This 29-year old cricketer played 170 matches in all the three formats in her career. She came into the limelight with her unbeaten 171 runs in the semi-final against Australia in 2017 with ICC Women’s World Cup Derby.
Speaking to the press, she said “I am so pleased to sign for Lancashire Thunder ahead of the 2018 Kia Super League. I have followed the KSL for a while and I can’t wait to finally play in the competition, especially at a stadium like Emirates Old Trafford.
“I have fond memories of playing in England following last summer’s ICC Women’s World Cup, during which I scored my highest ever international score.”
“I’m really looking forward to working with new head coach Alex Blackwell and I can’t wait to join up with the squad in the next few weeks.”
Alex Blackwell, the new head coach of Lancashire Thunder said”I am thrilled to be able to welcome Harmanpreet to Emirates Old Trafford.
“She is somebody who I have played against on the international stage, and also played within the Women’s Big Bash League. She is vastly experienced and she will be a great addition to our squad for what will be her first spell in the KSL.” He concluded.
The performance of Indian women’s cricket team in the Asia Cup opened doors for criticism but undoubtedly, the perspective of Indian society towards women’s cricket changed remarkably.