International women stars sign up for Kia Super League
International stars from various women’s teams including Meg Lanning, Suzie Bates, Stafanie Taylor and Ellyse Perry have signed up for the various franchises in the upcoming inaugural season of the Kia Super League.
Each franchise in the Kia Super League will be able to field three overseas players in their side with the league scheduled to be played between 30th July and 21st August.
Australia women’s team captain Lanning will play for the Surrey Stars side along with Rene Farrell and Marizanne Kapp from South Africa.
Lanning said that she was eager to play in the tournament for the Surrey Stars and termed the Kia Super League as a valuable competition for the development of women’s cricket.
"I'm really looking forward to playing in the Kia Super League,” said Lannin.
"It's another huge step forward for the women's game following on from the Women's Big Bash League in Australia, and I can't wait to get stuck in with the Surrey Stars once the tournament gets underway at the end of July.
"The interest in the Kia Super League and WBBL from overseas players demonstrates how valuable these new competitions are for the global development of women's cricket - as international players it's a really good time to be involved in the game."
Australia’s all-rounder Perry will play for the Loughborough Lightning side and will be joined by Dane Van Niekerk and Sophie Devine from New Zealand.
Perry lauded the efforts of Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board in their efforts to conduct tournaments like the Women’s Big Bash League and the Kia Super League respectively.
"Having the Kia Super League follow the Women's Big Bash League in Australia speaks volumes for the brilliant effort that Cricket Australia and the ECB are putting in to continue to develop the women's game," said Perry.
"To have two strong domestic competitions like this is only going to help this progression."
England skipper Charlotte Edwards will play for the Southern Vipers side which includes the likes of Bates, Sara McGlashan and Megan Schutt.
West Indies’ skipper Taylor will play for Western Storm with Lizelle Lee from South Africa and New Zealand’s Rachel Priest.
Taylor’s teammate, Deandra Dottin has been picked up by the Lancashire Thunder side and Sarah Coyte from Australia has been named as their second overseas player.
Australian duo Alex Blackwell and Beth Mooney will turn up for the Yorkshire Diamonds with South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail as the third overseas player of the side.
Clare Connor, the ECB’s Director of England Women’s Cricket is excited for the Kia Super League and is confident that the tournament will be a great platform for the best players to showcase their talents.
"One of the driving principles behind the establishment of the Kia Super League was to create a world-class competition where the world's best play.
"Revealing who the overseas players will be today undoubtedly hits this mark.
“The six teams are all brimming with talent, quality and the very best female cricketers from across the world; the Kia Super League is set to be a brilliant showcase for the women's game.
"Over the last few weeks, we have worked extensively with the Kia Super League teams to select the overseas players from a pool of over 65 who expressed an interest in being involved this summer.
“To see the final allocations in black and white is very exciting and I cannot wait to see these teams in action now."
The 2016 Kia Super League will get underway on 30th July with Yorkshire Diamonds take on the Loughborough Lightning at Headingley in Leeds.
Overseas player list for Kia Super League:
Lancashire Thunder: Sarah Coyte (Australia), Deandra Dottin (West Indies), (third player to be announced).
Loughborough Lightning: Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Dane van Nierkerk (South Africa).
Southern Vipers: Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Sara McGlashan (New Zealand) Megan Schutt (Australia).
Surrey Stars: Rene Farrell (Australia), Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Meg Lanning (Australia).
Western Storm: Lizell Lee (South Africa), Rachel Priest (New Zealand), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies).
Yorkshire Diamonds: Alex Blackwell (Australia), Beth Mooney (Australia), Shabnim Ismail (South Africa).
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