Perth Scorchers sign Marizanne Kapp, Chamari Atapattu for WBBL07

Kapp and Atapattu will play for Perth Scorchers

Perth Scorchers have signed South Africa allrounder Marizanne Kapp and Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Atapattu for the seventh for the seventh edition of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), club announced on Friday (June 18).

The 31-year-old Kapp played for Sydney Sixers since the inception of WBBL playing 83 matches 892 runs at an average of 20.22 and also has taken 90 wickets at 17.92. She is the third-highest wicket taker in the competition’s history and was instrumental in Sixers winning the title twice. Sixers decided to let go off Kapp along with South Africa skipper Dane van Niekerk for this season after failing to make it to the semi-final two years in a row.

Left-handed batter Atapattu represented Melbourne Renegades during third and fifth edition of WBBL.  She appeared in 16 matches for them scoring 196 runs while taking four wickets. The 31-year-old has represented Sri Lanka in 85 T20Is scoring 1646 runs at an average of 20.07 and has also taken 26 wickets. She has also been part of now defunct Women’s Cricket Super League in England and has represented Supernovas in India’s Women’s T20 Challenge.

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Scorchers’ head coach Shelley Nitschke said they were thrilled at the prospect of having them represent the club for WBBL07 and added that both players will bring immense value to the side both on and off the field.

“We are thrilled that Marizanne and Chamari have committed to the club for the upcoming WBBL season,” Nitschke said. “Marizanne is one of the premier all-rounders in world cricket and has a phenomenal WBBL record. With over a decade of international experience and a highly-regarded work ethic, Marizanne will have a strong impact both on and off field for the Scorchers.”

“Chamari Atapattu is an undeniable match-winner and has the ability to take the game away from the opposition quickly.”

Perth Scorchers Squad: Beth Mooney, Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Chamari Atapattu (Sri Lanka), Heather Graham, Taneale Peschel, Piepa Cleary