First Indian Male Player to Play in BBL

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Former Under-19 World Cup-winning captain Unmukt Chand became the first Indian male cricketer to play in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL).

  • He made his debut for Melbourne Renegades against Hobart Hurricanes.
  • Chand, a former India A skipper, had never played for the Indian senior team but was part of three IPL franchises — Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians, and Rajasthan Royals. 

Meanwhile, eight Indians were selected in the last edition of the Women’s Big Bash League.

  • T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and the second leading run-scorer in the inaugural edition of The Hundred, Jemimah Rodrigues have been signed by Melbourne Renegades.
  • The ICC T20I top-ranked batter, Shafali Verma was signed by Sydney Sixers along with bowler Radha Yadav.
  • Opener Smriti Mandhana, the one who became India’s first woman to score a century in the Pink Ball Test, and her teammate all-rounder Deepti Sharma were signed by Sydney Thunder.
  • Wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh was signed by Hobart Hurricanes.
  • The eighth and the last overseas player is bowler Poonam Yadav who was signed by Brisbane Heat.

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