Chamari Atapattu became the first Sri Lankan player to be signed with WBBL
Sri Lankan Batswoman and DSC REBEL Chamari Atapattu became the first Sri Lankan player to be signed with WBBL (Women’s Big Bash League).
She has been signed by Melbourne Renegades for the third edition of the WBBL, starting December 9, and will join the New Zealand pair of allrounder Amy Satterthwaite and medium-pacer Lea Tahuhu as the side's overseas recruits.
"I am excited to come to Melbourne this season and play with the Renegades. The WBBL is a big competition and the club has lots of fan, so it will be great to have that support," Atapattu told Melbourne Renegades.
Atapattu, who put in a vigorous display of her big-hitting ability at this year's World Cup with an unbeaten 178 against Australia in Bristol, became the first Sri Lankan woman to sign a contract with a franchise-based T20 league in July. She represented Yorkshire Diamonds in the second edition of the Kia Super League in England.
On November 1, she won ODI Batswoman of the Year 2016 award along with 4 other trophies (T20I Best All Rounder, T20I Batswoman of the year, ODI Batswoman of the year, T50I Best All Rounder) at SLC's Dialog Cricket Awards 2017.