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Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana to appear in WBBL 04

Smriti has been signed by Hobart Hurricanes while Harmanpreet will continue playing for Sydney Thunder
Harmanpreet Kaur captain of India and Smriti Mandhana of India during the India women's practice session at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, India on the 24th March 2018

Photo by Vipin Pawar / BCCI / SPORTZPICS

Harmanpreet Kaur has extended her association with Sydney Thunder and will continue to represent them in the fourth season of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). The Indian Women’s T20 captain was the top scorer for Thunder in the second season when she amassed 296 runs in 12 innings with a S/R of 117 and an average of 59.20 and was adjudged Thunder’s Player of the Tournament.

Smriti Mandhana, the vice-captain of India’s T20 side has been signed by Hobart Hurricanes. The attacking opening batter previously appeared for Brisbane Heat in the WBBL 02 season.

Having posted her maiden international hundred in an ODI against Australia at Blundstone Arena in 2016 in Tasmania, Smriti said she is looking forward to showcasing her talent for the new team. “I've heard from many players that the Hurricanes group is a great squad to be around and I can't wait to get to Tasmania for the matches,” she said.

Hurricanes’ coach Salliann Briggs said he was delighted with her squad's final signing. “Mandhana is a proven performer on the world stage, we saw that just last week with her knock against the Aussies,” she said. “I can't wait to see her in purple, she's an exciting addition not only for us but for the whole competition.”


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BCCI wins legal battle against PCB

The BCCI has succeeded in the arbitration proceedings initiated against it by the Pakistan Cricket Board (“PCB”) before the Dispute Resolution Committee of the International Cricket Council (“ICC”). The Dispute Panel constituted by the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee for hearing and deciding the dispute comprising Mr. Michael Beloff QC (Chairperson), Mr. Jan Paulsson and Ms. Annabelle Bennett issued and published their arbitral award earlier today dismissing all claims made by the PCB against the BCCI.

The arbitration proceedings arose out of a claim for damages in the amount of US$ 62,868,070 (plus interest and costs) made by PCB against the BCCI for an alleged breach of a letter dated 9th April 2014 from BCCI to the PCB (the “BCCI Letter”) inter alia with regard to 2014 and 2015 tours to Pakistan which did not take place.

After hearing the evidence and arguments of the parties over three days in Dubai, the Dispute Panel by its award published today has rejected all of the PCB’s contentions and accepted the BCCI’s case inter alia on the ground that the BCCI Letter was non-binding and merely expressed an intention to play. The BCCI wholeheartedly welcomes the decision of the Dispute Panel. The BCCI will now move the Dispute Panel to recover its legal cost from the PCB.

The Committee of Administrators would like to thank the ICC, the members of the Learned Members of the Dispute Panel as also Mr. Salman Khurshid, Mr. Shashank Manohar, Mr. Sanjay Patel, Prof. Ratnakar Shetty and Mr. Sundar Raman, who were the BCCI’s witnesses in the proceedings.

Welcoming the verdict,Mr Vinod Rai, Chairman, CoA, said, “I’m particularly very appreciative of the efforts of the BCCI Legal team, the Cricket Operations team and the CEO who represented us. They prepared well and took all the precautions. I would also like to thank Mr Ian Mill QC, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas along with the people who represented BCCI at the hearing.

“We look forward to continue playing cricket with all the ICC member countries.”

The Supreme Court Appointed Committee of Administrators 


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