The Hundred: Shafali Verma becomes fifth and youngest Indian cricketer to be handed NOC, to play for Birmingham Phoenix

Teen sensation Shafali Verma is set to join India’s T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur, deputy Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Deepti Sharma in the inaugural edition of The Hundred. The Swashbuckling opener will play for Birmingham Phoenix under Kiwi all-rounder Sophie Devine.

Teen sensation Shafali Verma is set to join India’s T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur, deputy Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Deepti Sharma in the inaugural edition of The Hundred. The Swashbuckling opener will play for Birmingham Phoenix under Kiwi all-rounder Sophie Devine.

Speaking to ANI, sources on the development confirmed that Shaifali is the fifth Indian player to have been assigned a No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

“It is a piece of delightful news not just for Shafali but for Indian women’s cricket that there will be five Indian players in the inaugural edition of The Hundred. She will reunite with her Sydney Sixers coach Ben Sawyer and move the experience forward. Should help. The source said that there is already a very positive path for the youngster.

The 17-year-old has shown that she likes to grapple with new challenges and speak up after a stunning performance in the women’s series against South Africa in March, with Shafali revealing how she improved her game with the Haryana men’s team. Took training

She said, “The reason behind the fast foot movement is the time I spent with the men’s team of Haryana before the Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. I cannot thank the Cricket Association of Haryana enough for allowing me to train with the team.”. What he did, helped. My decision-making power at the crease, when I was facing the fast bowlers, who were getting close to the 140kph mark. So, I had to decide that I would go back. Wanted or wanted to play on the front foot while playing the T20 series., “She told ANI.

“We had some top-quality bowlers like Mohit Sharma, Ashish Hooda, Ajit Chahal, Sanjay Pahal, and Aman Kumar.”

In addition to playing the tornado knock in the T20 series, Shafali also improved his fitness. He once again thanked HCA for helping the players. “Yes, I worked on my fitness during the time away from the game due to the lockdown. Here too, one cannot thank HCA enough. Each player was individually drafted. Our needs were taken care of and Even things like dumbbells, HCA ensured. Every player had the equipment to train. At the top level, you need to be fit to perform, “she said.

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