India’s Poonam Yadav to play for Brisbane Heat in Big Bash League 2021
Brisbane | Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) side Brisbane Heat have included leg-spinner Poonam Yadav in their squad ahead of this month’s tournament. Now she has become the eighth Indian woman cricketer to get a WBBL contract. The veteran international will be part of the Brisbane Heat at the conclusion of the ongoing series between India and Australia.
Poonam is no stranger to the Australian audience. In the opening game of T20 World Cup 2020 against Australia, he took four wickets for 19 runs. Heat coach Ashley Knopke said, “Poonam is a seasoned player, it is very exciting for us to welcome her. We know he will be doing well for the team this summer.
That said, when we lost Amelia Kerr, we believed we could support our group so that we could give a good account of ourselves. But combining Poonam’s skills and her competitiveness is a huge result. We are clear on how we can best utilize his talent in our line-up. Jess Jonassen has played against him and as captain he is very much looking forward to working with him.
Knopke said, “We think Poonam will also be a great addition to the young players in the team. He has displayed his composure on the biggest stage in the world at the MCG and has played cricket at a high level in many countries. He is looking forward to sharing his experience with our players during the tournament and also looks forward to helping the team win.