UP Warriorz name Chamari Athapaththu as Lauren Bell’s replacement for WPL 2024

UP Warriorz have brought in Sri Lanka allrounder Chamari Athapaththu as a replacement for England quick Lauren Bell, who has withdrawn from the upcoming edition of the Women’s Premier league (WPL).

Athapaththu, the Sri Lanka captain, was surprisingly unsold during the WPL 2024 auction considering the kind of year she had in the 20-over format in 2023. She scored 470 runs in 16 T20Is last year at 31.33 at a strike rate of nearly 131 and picked eight wickets at 26.62. Athapaththu also led Sri Lanka to a historic 2-1 series win over England for the first time, finishing the series as the leading scorer and the joint-leading wicket-taker.

The 33-year-old had a sensational time of it in domestic T20s as well. Drafted in as an overseas replacement after initially being overlooked in the overseas draft, Athapaththu tore up the WBBL. Turning out for Sydney Thunder, she finished the competition as the second-highest run-scorer with 552 runs, just five runs behind top scorer Beth Mooney, in 14 innings at 42.46 which included five half-centuries. She also picked nine wickets with an economy rate of 6.83.

Athapaththu is currently plying her trade in the Women’s Super Smash in New Zealand turning out for Northern Districts.

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