Veda Krishnamurthy has become the third Indian cricketer to sign a Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) contract. Krishnamurthy has signed a one-year contract with Hobart Hurricanes and will be available for their 10 league games of the third season, which starts on December 9.Last year, Harmanpreet Kaur became the first Indian women’s cricket team player to be signed by an overseas Twenty20 franchise after she inked a deal with Sydney Thunder for the 2016-17 season. Meanwhile, Smriti Mandhana, who signed a one-year deal with Brisbane Heat for the second edition, is unlikely to return for another stint. Krishnamurthy will miss the final stages of the tournament to prepare for India’s tour of South Africa, scheduled to be held in February.“The offer came about a month ago. I was pleasantly surprised because I wasn’t expecting it,” Krishnamurthy told ESPNcricinfo. “Because our South Africa tour dates weren’t announced then. We were expecting it [the tour] to be in January, so there was some confusion if I’d be able to take up the offer,” she added. “Initially, they wanted my availability for the full season. But now, they are okay with me missing the last stages to accommodate the South Africa tour in February. At the moment, I’ll be playing 10 games for Hobart Hurricanes.”Krishnamurthy said she consulted Harmanpreet and Mandhana before making the decision.“I spoke to Harman and Smriti about what to expect,” she added. “ It’s exciting to play in a brand new country, interact with new cultures. I think this is a direct result of ICC promoting the game well. With the World Cup being so well received, new avenues have opened up for cricketers from around the world. This deal is a direct recognition of India’s performance at the World Cup. To play in that environment with some of the world’s best will surely add a new dimension to my game.”Veda Krishnamurthy, 25, has featured in 77 internationals across formats, and impressed during the Women’s Cricket World Cup earlier this year. In six games, the Karnataka born scored 153 games. Against New Zealand, her blistering 70-run knock guided India to semifinals.