Harmanpreet Kaur excited about WBBL opportunity
Published - Jun 26, 2016 5:40 am | Updated - Jun 26, 2016 5:40 am
A few short days after being announced as the first Indian woman to be a part of the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia, Harmanpreet Kaur simply cannot contain her excitement. Speaking in an exclusive interview to Cricbuzz, Kaur stated that it was indeed an honor to play in the league and also added that she is as excited as making her debut for India.
“I am really excited. Being the first Indian to be picked is a huge honour for me. There are other senior, more experienced players in the team, but I have been chosen which is a huge achievement for me. I am as excited as I was when I made my India debut, if not more. It feels the same way like you’ve been chosen to play for an international team.”
Speaking about the last time the Indians visited Australia, Kaur mentioned that many of the Indian women did indeed want to participate in the WBBL.
“The last time the Indian team went to Australia, they had shown interest. They wanted the Indian players to participate (in WBBL). But back then, as you know, BCCI did not grant us permission. Now, when the BCCI announced that the Indian players are free to play, three teams made an offer. Then, I got a mail from BCCI saying that three teams are interested in picking you.”
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Speaking about signing the contract, Kaur mentioned that she took some time to analyze the offers on hand. “I took my time to see and analyze how those three teams fared in the first season. And I went with Sydney Thunder because they were the winners last time. Also, they have only one overseas player (while the rules allow for a maximum of two in playing XI). I gave them the preference because they are an experienced side and hence it will be a challenging environment.”
“They are such established players and have so much experience. I will get to learn about their routines, their mindset. It is such a huge learning opportunity for me to be able to play alongside them. I consider myself really lucky to be able to get his chance to play along with such established stars.”
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