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Nida Dar becomes first Pakistan cricketer to sign on for Women's Big Bash League

Nida Dar is all set to become the first Pakistan woman to play in the Women's Big Bash League after signing a deal with Sydney Thunder.

She will take part in the upcoming season of the eight-franchise tournament later this year, the BBL team revealed.

The 32-year-old is the only player from her country to feature in the top ten rankings for T20I all-rounders as she is placed eighth.

With India T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur likely to miss the fifth edition of the Women's BBL for Sydney, Nida's signing is expected to fill in the vacuum created by her absence.

Nida, who made her international debut in 2009, has played 96 T20Is and 71 ODIs across an illustrious career, having picked up 154 wickets in both formats.

She is third in the list of leading wicket-takers in the shortest format, ranking behind Anisa Mohammed and Ellyse Perry.

Nida's strike rate of 96.27 in T20I cricket sets her apart as the most aggressive batter in the Pakistan line-up.

She smashed the second-fastest women's T20I fifty earlier this year in the clash against South Africa during a blazing 37-ball 75.

Sydney Thunder triumphed in the inaugural Women's BBL but have failed to replicate similar levels of success in subsequent years.