Legspinner Poonam Yadav joins Brisbane Heat to complete WBBL overseas signings

Legspinner Poonam Yadav joins Brisbane Heat: The Legspinner takes the place of Amelia Kerr, who is not available this season.

Legspinner Poonam Yadav has joined the great group of Indian players to appear in the WBBL by joining the Brisbane Heat as their third overseas engagement.

Yadav, who helped unite Australia in the opening game of the T20 World Cup last year, fills the void Amelia Kerr left for this year’s edition, raising the number of Indian stars to eight.

She has only played a limited role in the multi-format international series so far, which started in just two of the ODIs where she claimed a wicket. But Heat is delighted with the impact it could have. Teaming up with Jess Jonassen will create a strong bowling partner.

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“We know there is a lot of upside to Poonam coming on board this summer,” head coach Ashley Noffke said.

“When we lost Amelia Kerr, we were confident we could back our group to give a good account of themselves regardless. But adding Poonam’s skill and her competitiveness is a huge result.”

“She is a different type of bowler to Melie, and we are clear on how we can best utilise her talents in our line-up. Jess Jonassen has played against her and as captain, she is very keen to work alongside her now she is with the Heat.”

Noffke also believes Yadav can play a mentoring role. With the young members of Heat’s squad from her experiences in international cricket.

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“We’re really keen for her to share those insights with our players during the tournament and will urge the group to learn as much as they can,” he said.

South African off-roaders Anneke Bosch and Nadine de Klerk are the other two Heat players abroad.

The tournament begins with the first 20 games. All of which are played in Tasmania. But the Heat has a chance to play four games ahead of the home team. If the competition moves to Mackay in November.

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