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WBBL ICC Rookies confirmed ahead of Rebel WBBL|03

29 November 2017

Melbourne Renegades Irish import Gaby Lewis is among eight talented international cricketers set to join each of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League clubs this summer as part of the ICC Rookie Placement Program.

The 16-year-old Lewis made her International debut for Ireland in September 2014, becoming the youngest ever Women’s T20 International player, aged 13 years and 166 days. The right-hand batter and right-arm off spinner has played 14 ODIs and 11 T20Is, and was the Hobart Hurricanes’ WBBL|02 Associate Rookie.

Lewis joins the Renegades as part of a joint initiative between Cricket Australia (CA) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) which provides the players the opportunity to experience elite cricket environments, accelerate their development through training sessions and take back what they have learnt to their respective national teams.

In Rebel WBBL|03, cricketers from Scotland, Bangladesh, Ireland, Papua New Guinea and the Netherlands will head to Australia to join each of the Rebel WBBL Clubs.

Lewis will join the Melbourne Renegades for a month, experiencing all that Melbourne has to offer with the Renegades playing games at Camberwell Sports Ground, GMHBA Stadium in Geelong, Etihad Stadium and the MCG over the period of Lewis’ stay.

The Irish international can’t wait to #GetOnRed this summer.

“The program provides the opportunity to practice, train and learn at a level that would be above what I am used to, excluding international cricket,” Lewis said.

“The excitement and energy of the competition, mixing and testing myself against some of the best players in the world in a competition that is the best in the world, and I’m really looking forward to the experience.”

Head of the Big Bash Kim McConnie said she was delighted to be able to work with the ICC on such a fantastic project.

“The WBBL has gone from strength to strength and it’s pleasing to again have the ICC’s support in making this initiative possible,” she said.

“Women’s cricket across the globe is continuing to advance and having we’re proud to support this initiative to not only grow these member countries players, but also continue to develop the WBBL and some of the best players around the world.”

The ICC said the Rookie Placement initiative is part of the push to grow the game.

“The ICC is delighted to be working with Cricket Australia and the Women’s Big Bash League to provide the opportunity to eight upcoming talents of the game outside of the ICC Women’s Championship through the ICC Rookie Placement Programme,” said ICC Women’s Cricket Officer Holy Colvin.

“This wouldn’t be possible without the support of the WBBL, Cricket Australia and the Member Federations of the selected rookies. The women’s game has gained significant momentum this year and it is an exciting time for the eight rookies as we invest in the growth of the sport.”

The selected rookies for the Rebel WBBL|03 are:



Member Country

Kathryn Bryce

Adelaide Strikers


Rumana Ahmed

Brisbane Heat


Sarah Bryce

Hobart Hurricanes


Gaby Lewis

Melbourne Renegades


Khadija Tul Kubra

Melbourne Stars


Ravini Oa

Perth Scorchers

Papau New Guinea

Kim Garth

Sydney Sixers


Sterre Kalis

Sydney Thunder




The Rebel WBBL|03 begins with a carnival-style opening weekend on Saturday, 9 December and Sunday, 10 December in Sydney.

Four matches on the weekend will be broadcast on Network Ten’s main channel, with the Renegades opening the season with a game against WBBL|01 champions Sydney Thunder, live from 1.45pm. The remaining two matches in Adelaide will be livestreamed by Cricket Australia.

Across the season, 12 matches of the WBBL will be broadcast on Network Ten, with all remaining matches livestreamed on the CA Live platform.

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