Sri Lanka women’s cricket team captain The servant is a servantWho has recently expressed his disappointment at not being selected in various T20 leagues Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), has now found its place in the coveted tournament. After being overlooked in the WBBL overseas draft, Athapathu has officially joined Sydney Thunder As a foreign substitute in the upcoming season.
Notably, Athapathu previously played four seasons representing the WBBL Perth Scorchers And Melbourne Renegades. He was even a retention option for Renegades. However, he was eventually dropped from their squad.
Sydney Thunder Bolster Squad
Athapathu will now be part of the Sydney Thunder squad, serving as cover for the three foreign players they drafted: Marijan Cap, Heather KnightAnd Lauren Bell. Heather Knight has been named the Thunder’s captain for the upcoming season, and Athapathu and Kapp previously played together at the Scorchers during their 2021 WBBL title-winning campaign.
Athapathu, who has represented his national team since 2009, is well known for his aggressive and dynamic batting style. His inclusion not only adds depth to the Thunder’s lineup but also brings a wealth of international experience gained over his 14-year career.
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Athapathu expresses his excitement
Athapathu expressed his excitement and enthusiasm to join the Sydney Thunder team in the WBBL. He highlighted the importance of playing home games in Australia, where he achieved notable success in his T20 international career, including a century at North Sydney Oval (NSO).
Athapathu acknowledged the support he has received and is looking forward to showcasing his skills in front of the fans, with a playful reference to “bringing a thunder-storm” to the WBBL, indicating his commitment to making a strong impact in the upcoming season.
“I am thrilled to be joining Thunder Nation. It’s an incredible club, and the prospect of playing our home games at Cricket Central and North Sydney Oval is really special. Australia is where I scored most of my T20I runs away from home, including a century at NSO. I appreciate all the support I have received so far and look forward to playing in front of the fans. I plan to bring a thunder-storm to the WBBL this summer,” Athapathu said in a statement issued by Sydney Thunder.
Notably, Sydney Thunder will open their campaign with a high-voltage local derby against the Sydney Sixers at North Sydney Oval on October 22.
This article was first published WomenCricket.comA Cricket Times Company.