ICC includes Shafali Verma in '100 percent Cricket Superstars' promotional programme

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday included India’s 18-year-old right-hand opening batter Shafali Verma among the first five players selected 

as ‘100 per cent Cricket Superstars’ ahead of a historic month for women’s cricket, which culminates in the Commonwealth Games at Birmingham.

The youngest player to debut for India in international cricket, and the youngest half-centurion, Shafali has made a smooth transition to the highest level of cricket.

A hard-hitting opening batter, Shafali has shown the capability to play crucial roles, with her power-hitting separating her from her peers.

“For all the power and aggression though, it’d be remiss not to acknowledge Verma’s early success in the long format of the game. Averaging over 60 across her four Test innings

 Verma has shown a maturity to bat long periods in trying and foreign conditions," said ICC, lauding the India cricketer’s achievements.

Among the other cricketers the ICC chose for its ‘100 per cent Cricket Superstars’ promotional programme includes, Sophie Ecclestone (England), 

Amelia Kerr (New Zealand), Hayley Matthews (West Indies) and Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa).

The five are the first crop of what will ultimately be a ‘100 per cent Cricket Superstars’ squad that fans can pick from to decide on a final XI.