Smriti Mandhana is reported to have a torn ACL © Getty Images
Smriti Mandhana is reported to have a torn ACL © Getty Images

India‘s one of the most prolific and promising women cricketer Smriti Mandhana has unfortunately been ruled out of the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, owing to an injury she suffered during the ongoing 2016-18 Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) in Australia. She is reported to have a torn ACL. Mandhana suffered the injury on Sunday, while she was involved in a match between her team Brisbane Heat and opponent Melbourne Renegades. The news comes just days after BCCI had recalled Mandana, and Harmanpreet Kaur from the tournament to focus on the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Following Mandhana’s injury, the Brisbane Heat’s official website stated, “The Heat’s seven-wicket loss was further soured by an injury to international player Smriti Mandhana, who was helped off Allan Border Field after she fell awkwardly while bowling. Mandhana will have scans on her knee tomorrow but the Heat are concerned she has played her last game before her scheduled return to India for preparations for the ICC Women’s World Cup (Qualifiers).” This was yet another setback for Heat after West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin also suffered multiple cheekbone fractures following collision with Laura Harris at the same venue around three weeks back.

Smriti Mandhana’s WBBL stint likely to end

 

 

Now that Mandhana stint comes to an end with the injury, Sydney Thunder are also going to face a setback with the Harmanpreet returning to India for the practice session ahead of the World Cup Qualifier.

The ICC World Cup Qualifier will see India Women being led by Mithali Raj. Harmanpreet will be deputy for the tournament. Vanitha VR, who was part of the ACC WT20 2016, has been dropped from the side.