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Harmanpreet Kaur has become the first Indian female cricketer to sign for an overseas T20 league

Harmanpreet Kaur has become the first Indian Women's cricketer to be signed by an overseas Twenty20 franchise, inking a deal with Sydney Thunder.
•    The signing was confirmed by BCCI president Anurag Thakur on Friday, the final day of the Indian board's working committee meeting in Dharamsala. 
•    The move is significant as it is the first official signing since the BCCI cleared the women players to participate in overseas leagues earlier this month.
•    It is understood that Harmanpreet, an allrounder and India's vice-captain, received an offer from three teams - including the Sydney Sixers, the runners-up in the inaugural season - before zeroing in on the Thunder
•    Blackwell's comments came after India recorded their first-ever bilateral series win in Australia, beating the then champions 2-1 in the T20 series ahead of the World T20. 
•    Harmanpreet contributed a 31-ball 46 in a historic chase in the series opener. She was a standout performer in a disappointing World T20 campaign for India, scoring 89 runs and taking seven wickets in four outings.
•    India captain Mithali Raj and fast bowler Jhulan Goswami were approached by the Adelaide Strikers for the inaugural edition of the tournament last year, but had to turn down the offer after the BCCI refused to grant permission.