Sri Lanka Women’s cricket team captain Chamari Athapaththu recently made headlines when she expressed disappointment over not being selected in various T20 leagues, including the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).
However, the tables have now turned in her favour as she has secured a coveted spot in the upcoming WBBL season. Chamari Athapaththu, who is known for her powerful batting and all-round skills, has officially joined the Sydney Thunder as an overseas replacement player.
She was disappointed when she was not selected in the WBBL for the first time and expressed her wish to play in these high-profile leagues and the chances they offer to improve her game and exposure on the world stage. Her perseverance and love for the game were evident and it seems to have paid off.
Chamari Athapaththu is one of the most dynamic all-rounders, she is one of the most respected players in the women’s game. She has a knack for anchoring an innings, playing aggressive strokes, and contributing with her medium-fast bowling. Her all-round ability has made her one of the most reliable players in T20 leagues around the world.
The Inclusion of Chamari Athapaththu to the Sydney Thunder roster is a big step forward for the team because it means that she will now cover the three foreign players – Heather Knight, Marizanne Kapp, and Lauren Bell were the three players that were drafted during the auction.
Chamari Athapaththu Thrilled to Join Sydney Thunder
“As she is prepared to join the Sydney Thunder in the WBBL, Athapaththu expressed her enthusiasm and energy. Her remarkable success in international T20 cricket, including a century at North Sydney Oval (NSO), highlights her prowess.
She emphasized the significance of playing home games in Australia. Chamari Athapaththu also acknowledged the support she has received from fans and the cricketing community, reflecting her gratitude for the opportunities she has been given and her determination to repay them through her performances. Her playful reference to “bringing a Thunder-storm” to the WBBL underscores her commitment to making a powerful impact in the upcoming season.”
I’m thrilled to be joining the Thunder Nation. It’s an incredible club, and the prospect of playing our home games at Cricket Central and North Sydney Oval is truly special. Australia is where I’ve scored most of my international T20 runs away from home, including a century at NSO. I appreciate all the support I’ve 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.
Chamari Athapaththu on Joining Sydney Thunder