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Irish teen International joins 'Canes

17 November 2016

The eight Rebel Women’s Big Bash League Associate Rookies have today been confirmed with players from seven different nations set to take part in the second edition of the competition with Irish player Gaby Lewis to join the 'Canes.

15-year old Lewis made her senior International debut for Ireland in July 2014, aged only 13 and made her T20 International debut later in the year, becoming the youngest to play at that level. She has played 11 ODIs and 5 T20 Internationals and follows in the footsteps of her grandfather, father and sister who have all also played for Ireland.

Lewis will join the Hurricanes through the joint initiative between Cricket Australia (CA) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) which provides the opportunity to further develop emerging players in non-traditional cricket countries and in Rebel WBBL|02, will include players from Hong Kong, Ireland, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, China and Nepal.


The program provides players the opportunity to be exposed to elite cricket, with the eight rookies to train with their WBBL club during a two-week placement and attend home matches during that period. In the event of an injury to a contracted player, rebel WBBL clubs will be permitted to use their Rookie as a local replacement player, which would not contribute to the club’s overseas player limit.


“The ICC is very excited by this program, which provides a fantastic opportunity for some of the top female cricketers in Associate and Affiliate Cricket to experience and learn from the best female players in the world. The commitment from Cricket Australia to provide opportunities such as these is very much valued and highlights the benefits of a globally integrated approach to the growth of the game,” said ICC Interim Head of Global Development Andy Hobbs.


Head of Big Bash League, Anthony Everard said he was delighted with ICC’s continued commitment to the project.


“The inaugural season of the WBBL was a great success last summer and through this initiative, players from non-traditional cricket countries were able to be a part of that.”


“Last year’s rookies had a really positive impact on both their clubs and local communities and we are excited to have a new crop of players for WBBL|02.”


Rebel WBBL|02 Associate Rookies:



Member Country


Emma Lai

Hong Kong

Perth Scorchers

Gaby Lewis


Hobart Hurricanes

Kathryn Bryce


Melbourne Stars

Kim Garth


Sydney Sixers

Konio Oala


Sydney Thunder

Li Yingying


Brisbane Heat

Ravini Oa


Adelaide Strikers

Rubina Chetri


Melbourne Renegades




The Rebel WBBL begins with a free, carnival-style opening weekend on Saturday, 10 December and Sunday, 11 December at North Sydney Oval. With all Rebel WBBL clubs in attendance, six matches being played over the course of the two days, and plenty of family fun throughout the North Sydney Oval precinct, this weekend is the perfect start to the season.


Four matches on the weekend will be broadcast on Network Ten, including a prime time match on the Saturday evening, with the Melbourne Stars taking on the reigning premiers the Sydney Thunder, live from 6.00pm. This will be the first time a standalone women’s sporting competition has been broadcast in prime time on a commercial free-to-air television network’s primary channel. The remaining two matches will be live streamed by Cricket Australia.


For more information about the Rebel WBBL please visit