Another Indian joins the long list of players in the WBBL. Poonam Yadav has decided to sign with Brisbane Heat. The legspinner fills the void left by the absence of Amelia Kerr and may play a major role in the upcoming season. Yadav is an experienced bowler who has claimed a total of 98 wickets in 71 matches at an average of 14.90 and an economy of 5.70. Her best figure is four wickets for nine runs.
We know there is a lot of upside to Poonam coming on board this summer. 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. "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.
Ashley Nofke, head coach, Brisbane Heat