A yr after missing out on playing for Surrey Stars attributable to injuries sustained at some stage in the World Cup, India T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur is determined to play for Lancashire Convey in the 2018 model of the Kia Colossal league.
While the announcement is but to be made public, ESPNcricinfo understands Harmanpreet has signed a contract with Lancashire and is determined is go for the UK around July 15. This can secure her the second Indian to characteristic in the KSL this season, alongside her deputy in the T20I facet, Smriti Mandhana, who has been brought in by defending champions Western Storm.
Harmanpreet can delight in her Sydney Convey captain and mature Australia vice-captain Alex Blackwell as coach at Lancashire. Blackwell is determined to embark on her maiden coaching task at the match, having announced a surprise retirement from worldwide cricket in February.
Harmanpreet’s recruitment for a essential KSL stint is testament to her established stature as opinion to be one of doubtlessly the most smartly-preferred and marketable exponents of energy-hitting in the females’s game. Following her 171 not-out in the 2017 World Cup semi-final against Australia, she earned an extension to her contract with the Sydney Convey in the Females’s Gargantuan Bash League for one other two seasons, having finished as Convey’s Player of the Tournament in her debut stint in 2016 on the support of ambitious all-round exploits.
After her lukewarm second season at the WBBL, Harmanpreet finished as India’s third-most practical possible bustle-getter in the ODI sequence in South Africa, and led the crew to a three-1 victory in the following T20I sequence. Thereafter, alternatively, she had a lean patch at some stage in the home season that followed the put India lost to Australia three-Zero in ODIs, didn’t secure the final of a T20I tri-sequence that includes Australia and England, and laboured to a 2-1 ODI sequence victory against England in April.
Harmanpreet, 29, marked her return to originate in the Asia Cup, in Kuala Lumpur, earlier this month the put she bagged the Player-of-the-Tournament award for her 156 runs in 4 innings at a median of Fifty two. Her most practical possible accumulate since the World Cup came at some stage in the final of the match, the put she compiled a gritty, unbeaten fifty six and took 2 for 19 as six-time champions India lost to Bangladesh in a final-ball thriller. Upon the crew’s return to the nation, Harmanpreet used to be conferred with the BCCI’s Most keen-Worldwide-Cricketer-of-the-Year (Females) Award for the 2016-17 season.
In Might perhaps presumably also just, she captained the IPL Supernovas to victory in the first-ever Females’s T20 Grief exhibition match, at the Wankhede stadium, the put Mandhana’s Trailblazers lost off the final ball of the game.
Lancashire, who finished at the underside of the table in the six-crew KSL final yr after shedding all of their 5 video games, are scheduled to kick off their marketing campaign this season against Loughborough Lightning on July 22 at Southport.
While both Harmanpreet and Mandhana will be away in UK, completely different regulars of the India females’s crew will assemble at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore for a practising camp around July 25 as piece of the crew’s preparations ahead of the tour of Sri Lanka in September, main as much as the World T20 in the Caribbean in November, the put India may maybe presumably maybe presumably additionally doubtlessly play a T20I sequence sooner than the realm match will get underway on November 9.