India women’s T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur is reported to have signed a contract with Lancashire Thunder for the 2018 edition of the Kia Super League, as per ESPNCricinfo.
Harmanpreet is the second Indian women player to fetch a KSL contract after opening batswoman Smriti Mandhana, who has been roped in by the defending champions Western Storm. While there is no formal announcement as yet, it is learnt that Kaur will head off to UK around July 15.
Harmanpreet grabbed the eyeballs of cricket fraternity with her scintillating 171 not out against the Southern Stars at Derby which propelled India into the finals of last year’s ICC Women’s World Cup. In December 2016, she became the first Indian woman cricketer to feature in Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).
Meanwhile, former Australian vice-captain Alex Blackwell has been appointed as the coach of Lancashire Thunder in KSL 2018. Given that Kaur has played under Blackwell in the WBBL for Sydney Thunder, it will certainly help her to gel with the Lancashire unit.
It is worth mentioning here that Harmanpreet was in contention to play for Surrey Stars in KSL 2017. However, the injury sustained during the Women’s World Cup ruled him out of the tournament.
Kaur is a seasoned campaigner in limited-overs cricket and is widely deemed as the most audacious female batter. She recently led IPL Supernovas to a win over Mandhana led IPL Trailblazers side in the first-ever Women's T20 Challenge exhibition match in Wankhede.