A fierce leader, three extraordinary batters and an emerging spinner with plenty of tricks feature in the latest line-up of 100% Cricket superstars.
Sophie Ecclestone (England), Amelia Kerr (New Zealand), Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Shafali Verma (India) and Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa) were the first crop of what will ultimately be a 100% Cricket Superstars squad that fans can pick from to decide on a final XI.
Fatima Sana (Pakistan), Smriti Mandhana (India), Ashleigh Gardner (Australia), Sophia Dunkley (England), and Gaby Lewis (Ireland) followed in their footsteps and were revealed as the next crop.
Here we profile the next five players who are a part of the initiative – Nigar Sultana (Bangladesh), Nattakan Chantam (Thailand), Jemimah Rodrigues (India), Alana King (Australia) and Lara Goodall (South Africa).
Nigar Sultana – Bangladesh's fierce leader
Since her debut in 2015, Bangladesh cricket had big hopes from Nigar Sultana and she has delivered and exceeded all of them. A wicketkeeper with brilliant ability with the bat, Sultana has enjoyed a steady rise in international cricket over the years.
Sultana has played 100 internationals for Bangladesh (69 T20Is, 31 ODIs) and has the responsibility of leading an exciting new generation of young Bangladesh cricketers.
She has accumulated 592 runs in ODIs at an average of 23.68 and 1225 runs in T20 internationals at 24.50, with six scores of 50 plus across both formats.
She was appointed as captain in 2021 and led Bangladesh to their first-ever Cricket World Cup victory against Pakistan in New Zealand in 2022.
Nattakan Chantam – Thailand's trailblazer
Since her debut in 2018, Nattakan Chantam has established herself as the cornerstone of Thailand's batting line-up in the shortest format. The top-order batter is one of the leading lights of Thailand's fast-emerging women's team, playing 59 T20Is and four ODIs.
In the shortest format, she has scored 1249 runs at 26.02, with six half-centuries. She has also made a major impression during her short ODI career, averaging 66.75 in four matches, with one century.
The stylish batter was Thailand's star performer during the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia, emerging as Thailand's top-scorer with 103 runs in four matches and scoring her nation's first-ever half-century against Pakistan.
As Thailand continue to rise in the international ranks, Chantam will play a major role in their progress for years to come.
Jemimah Rodrigues – India's young batting hope
The young Indian star has impressed one and all since her debut in 2018. Technically correct while having some audacious strokes in her repertoire, Jemimah Rodrigues is a shining light among India's crop of young batters.
Rodrigues has featured in 68 T20Is and 21 ODIs for India. In the T20 format, she has notched up an impressive 1494 runs at a healthy strike rate of 113.95 and average of 30.48, with nine half-centuries. She is also making her mark in the 50-over format, with 394 runs.
With Mithali Raj having hung up her spikes, Rodrigues will have the mantle of anchoring the Indian middle order for the foreseeable future, a responsibility she is well-versed to handle with great success.
Alana King – Australia's spin wizard
With wizardry and booming leg-breaks reminiscent of the legendary Shane Warne, Alana King is already making massive waves in international cricket. In a fledgling career, King has already produced moments of magic, leaving many batters bamboozled.
King has played 12 ODIs, 13 T20Is and one Test match. She has accumulated, 14, 15 and 3 wickets in the three formats respectively. But the numbers don't do justice at the sheer joy of King operating at full flight.
As a part of the highly successful Australian unit, the 27-year-old, who only made her debut earlier this year has already tasted silverware. She played a crucial role as a dominant Australian side romped home to seal ICC Women's Cricket World Cup glory in 2022. She was also a member of the Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning squad.
Lara Goodall – A dynamic Protea star
A rising sensation in the South African batting ranks, Lara Goodall has left everyone impressed by her temperament with the bat. Calm and composed, Goodall has all the tools to be the anchor of the South African team for many more years.
Having made her debut in 2016, Goodall has progressed slowly and steadily over the years. She has played 43 ODIs, 19 T20Is and one solitary Test. In the 50-over format, she has aggregated over 1100 runs while accumulating 273 runs in T20Is.
With her ability to deliver under pressure, South African cricket has high expectations from Goodall to help them achieve some big success ahead – starting with the T20 World Cup in 2023 on their home turf.