Harmanpreet Kaur becomes the second Indian to sign a contract in KSL. ©Getty Images

Harmanpreet Kaur, T20 captain of India, has signed a contract with Lancashire Thunder for the 2018 edition of the Kia Super League. She is the second player from India after Smriti Mandhana, who has signed the contract with defending champions Western Storm.

Kaur was supposed to play for the Surrey Stars last year but she withdrew it due to injury. She made history by becoming the first player from India by signing the contract with Sydney Thunder in 2016 for Women’s Big Bash League.

Arjuna award winner Kaur shot to fame with her heroic innings of 171* off 115 in ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 semifinal against Australia. For her stupendous performance in the World Cup, she earned two year’s extension to her contract with the Sydney Thunder in the Women’s Big Bash League. She recently led the IPL Supernovas in the first ever Women’s T20 exhibition league against Trailblazers, led by Mandhana.

Kaur led from the front in the recently concluded Asia Cup, in Malaysia; being awarded the ‘Player of the Series’ for her 215 runs and 5 wickets in 6 matches. She scored an unbeaten 56 and took 2 wickets in the final match of Asia Cup. But her all-round performance went in vain as Bangladesh beat six-time champions India in the final-ball thriller. She was awarded the Best International Cricketer Of The Year Award (Woman) for the 2016-17 season from BCCI.

Harmanpreet Kaur was excited about her playing in KSL. She said, “I am so pleased to sign for Lancashire Thunder ahead of the 2018 Kia Super League. I have followed the KSL for a while and I can’t wait to finally play in the competition, especially at a stadium like Emirates Old Trafford.”

She further added, “I have fond memories of playing in England following last summer’s ICC Women’s World Cup, during which I scored my highest ever international score. I’m really looking forward to working with new Head Coach Alex Blackwell and I can’t wait to join up with the squad in the next few weeks.”

Alex Blackwell, the former Australia player who announced her retirement earlier this year, has joined Lancashire Thunder as a coach. She said, “I am thrilled to be able to welcome Harmanpreet to Emirates Old Trafford.”

Blackwell added, “She is somebody who I have played against on the international stage, and also played within the Women’s Big Bash League. She is vastly experienced and she will be a great addition to our squad for what will be her first spell in the KSL.”

Lancashire Thunder will start their campaign against Loughborough Lightning on July 22 at Southport.

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