Sydney Thunder has completed its roster ahead of the upcoming Rebel Women's Big Bash League season with the signing of South African international fast bowler Shabnim Ismail.
Ismail will join her teammates in Sydney after completing a tour of India with South Africa.
Ismail, who has played one Test, 92 One-Day Internationals and 80 Twenty-20 Internationals for the Proteas, said she is looking forward to working with the next generation of Thunder stars.
“I’m really excited to join the Thunder and obviously make a difference,” Ismail said.
“I really want to make an impact with the girls, and obviously I want to win as well.
“For the youngsters, just to pass on my knowledge from the level that I’ve been playing at which is the highest level.”
Newly appointed Sydney Thunder Head Coach Trevor Griffin said he believes Ismail’s pace, knowledge and experience will be of huge benefit to the side.
“I’m delighted Shabnim has joined us at Sydney Thunder. She is world class and one of the quickest bowlers in the women’s game, currently number two in the ICC T20 world rankings,” Griffin said.
“I have no doubt Shabnim will make a big impact on the field and be a great asset to the Thunder Nation with her wealth of knowledge and experience. I'm really looking forward to working with her.”
Ismail played two matches for the Melbourne Renegades in WBBL|01 as a Replacement Player, taking 3/10 on debut against the Melbourne Stars.
With the WBBL set to go to a standalone season for the first time ever, Ismail said she’s excited to return to Australia and be part of the tournament for a full season.
“It is quite a big league, it has gone global and the games are televised,” Ismail said.
“It’s going to be my first full Big Bash playing in Australia and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Ismail joins Pakistan all-rounder Nida Dar and New Zealand wicket-keeper Rachel Priest as the side's three overseas players.
Sydney Thunder WBBL Squad
Head Coach: Trevor Griffin
Assistant Coach: Mark McInnes
Contracted for WBBL|05: Rachael Haynes (C), Sam Bates, Alex Blackwell, Nida Dar, Hannah Darlington, Rene Farrell, Lisa Griffith, Saskia Horley, Shabnim Ismail, Phoebe Litchfield, Kate Peterson, Rachel Priest, Naomi Stalenberg, Rachel Trenaman, Tahlia Wilson
Sydney Thunder is set to open the first ever standalone WBBL season with a blockbuster Sydney Smash against crosstown rivals the Sydney Sixers at North Sydney Oval on Friday 18 October.
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