Smriti Mandhana first Indian to get England’s Kia T20 League deal

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Smriti Mandhana will become the first Indian cricketer to appear in England’s Kia Super T20 League beginning 22 July.

Indian women’s cricket team opener Smriti has been signed by Western Storm ahead of the upcoming Kia T20 League edition that features six teams, reports PTI.

The 21-year-old Mumbai girl has scored over 826 runs with the highest score of 76 in the 40 T20 Internationals she has played so far.

Smriti has also played for Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia.

Last month, she captained the IPL Trailblazers in the one-off women’s T20 exhibition game organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The match played on the rest day between the Indian Premier League group and knockout playoff phases is being seen as the dry run for the much-awaited women’s T20 league in India.

“We are really excited that Smriti will be joining us. She is one of the brightest young talents in the game at the moment. Although she is still young, she has a great deal of experience of the game at the highest level and we believe that she will prove to be an excellent signing,” said Western Storm coach Trevor Griffin.

Looking forward to the new challenge, Smriti said, “To be the first Indian player to appear in the tournament is a real honour and I hope that I can help Western Storm to more success.”