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Verma will likely open the batting with Alyssa Healy which means a new role for Ellyse Perry

Sydney Sixers have announced India pair Shafali Verma and Radha Yadav have signed for the upcoming WBBL season, which begins in October following India’s multi-format series with Australia.

ESPNcricinfo reported back in May that Verma, 17, had signed a two-year deal with Sixers to play alongside Australia stars Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry. Yadav will join Verma for the pair’s first foray into the WBBL, with the announcement coming just a day after Sydney Thunder confirmed the signings of Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma.

Verma’s arrival is likely to see the end of the long-standing opening pair of Healy and Perry which has been a central plank of Sixers’ gameplan through the WBBL but the team needed revitalising after missing the finals in the last two seasons.

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