Leg spinner poonam yadav

Legspinner Poonam Yadav has joined the large group of India players who will appear at the WBBL by joining Brisbane Heat as their third overseas signing.

Leg spinner poonam yadav

Yadav, who helped bundle Australia out in the opening game of last year's T20 World Cup, fills the hole left by Amelia Kerr's unavailability for this year's edition and takes the number of India stars to eight.

Leg spinner poonam yadav

She has had a limited role to play so far in the multi-format international series playing in just two of the ODIs where she claimed one wicket but Heat are excited about the impact she could have

Leg spinner poonam yadav

Joining forces with Jess Jonassen will form a strong spin-bowling pair.

Leg spinner poonam yadav

"We know there is a lot of upside to Poonam coming on board this summer,'' head coach Ashley Noffke said.

Leg spinner poonam yadav

"When we lost Amelia Kerr, we were confident we could back our group to give a good account of themselves regardless. But adding Poonam's skill and her competitiveness is a huge result."

Leg spinner poonam yadav

Noffke also believes Yadav can play a mentoring role with the young members of Heat's squad from her experiences in international cricket.

Leg spinner poonam yadav

"We're really keen for her to share those insights with our players during the tournament and will urge the group to learn as much as they can," he said.