Indian women cricket team's captain Harmanpreet Kaur will miss the first match for Sydney Thunder in WBBL 2018/19.
The franchise's coach Joanne Broadbent confirmed Harmanpreet's unavailability and said that the Indian batter will be missed but he also noted that it provides a good opportunity for the younger player to step-up.
He stated that they are obviously looking forward to Harmanpreet joining them for the WBBL 04.
The coach explained that everyone saw what Kaur can do in the recent world cup and he feels that she will add a lot of both to their batting and bowling attack in this season.
At the same time, he is confident about the depth in their squad and they look at this as an opportunity for someone else to step in the mix.
The Sydney Thunder will lock horns against Melbourne Renegades in their first match in this season's Rebel Women's Big Bash League.
The match will be played on Sunday 02nd December.
The Indian captain had featured for the Sydney Thunder in the last season as well and was an impressive performer.
She had amassed 296 runs for the franchise at a strike rate of 117 in 12 innings in the previous edition of the tournament. And courtesy of this stunning performance she was adjudged as the franchise's player of the tournament.
Recently, under Harmanpreet's captaincy, Indian women's team reached the semi-final stage of the ICC's women's world T20 in Windies.
Harmanpreet was in good form in the tournament and scored a sensational hundred in the first game against New Zealand which was also the first hundred by an Indian woman cricketer in T20Is.