Sri Lanka’s one of the Explosive Ladies cricketer Chamari Athapaththu recently signs up for the Melbourne Renegades team for the Women’s Big Bash League 2017-18 so she is the first Women cricketer from the country to sign up for WBBL.
“I haven’t played in Big Bash before, so I am obviously very excited. It’s a huge opportunity for me and I am looking to learn a lot in Australia,” Athapaththu told Cricbuzz on Thursday (November 2). “They showed confidence in me and my performance said that’s why they’re offering me the chance. So that’s why I agreed to play [for Renegades]. I accepted the offer in an instant.”
“My uncle, Vernon Thisara, lives in Melbourne and he got a call from the Renegades asking if I would be available and keen to play in Big Bash. He immediately shared my number with the [team] manager. When I got the call, I was pretty excited. I chose Renegades because they made the offer first.
“Honestly, I thought I do have a chance of making it to Big Bash this season because I played some good innings, especially against Australia. I didn’t play well against Australia prior to the World Cup, so this time I did a lot of preparation. I watched a lot of videos of their bowlers, and analysed them and their game.
“I practised hard against the boys and some quality fast bowlers. That’s how I planned how I will play against a good bowling attack like Australia’s, and I’m glad I could put up a good show.”