Ten Australia Women internationals have confirmed their availability for the inaugural season of the Hundred, with the ECB “hopeful” that they may be joined in the competitors by a handful of India players.
Nineteen of the 24 abroad slots in the girls’s Hundred have now been crammed, after eight new players have been introduced on Tuesday: Alyssa Healy, Nicola Carey (Northern Superchargers), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning, Jess Jonassen (Welsh Fire), Sophie Molineux, Annabel Sutherland (Trent Rockets), and Rachael Haynes (Oval Invincibles).
Eleven Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and South Africa players had beforehand been confirmed: Elyse Villani (Trent Rockets), Sophie Devine, Ashleigh Gardner (Birmingham Phoenix), Deandra Dottin, Chloe Tryon (London Spirit), Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee (Manchester Originals), Dane van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp (Oval Invincibles), Amelia Kerr and Stafanie Taylor (Southern Brave).
While recruitment for the males’s Hundred involved a retention stage and a participant draft, the girls’s competitors is operating on an open-market system, with players and groups allowed to barter contracts straight.
The ECB stays optimistic that some Indian players will be involved in the competitors. While the BCCI doesn’t grant No-Objection Certificates (NOCs) for energetic males’s players to seem in abroad leagues, India’s main feminine players have beforehand appeared in the Kia Super League (KSL) – which has now been discontinued to make means for the Hundred – and the Women’s Big Bash League.
ESPNcricinfo understands that Indian players are eager to be involved in the competitors, however that they’re ready on approval from the BCCI. Four India internationals – Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma – have been involved in the KSL between 2017 and 2019.
ESPNcricinfo understands that the ECB has been in discussions with the BCCI about the prospect, and a spokesperson mentioned they have been “hopeful” of Indian involvement.
Charlotte Edwards, Southern Brave’s head coach, informed Sky’s Cricket Show: “I think there are conversations happening. Clearly, they’re players we want in this competition. We’ve got most of the top Australian players, so I think the next step is to get the Indian players over the line. That’s exciting for the competition, so hopefully that will happen.”
Beth Barrett-Wild, the head of the girls’s Hundred, informed ESPNcricinfo that the ECB was assured the “best players in the world” would characteristic.
“Obviously there’s a level of uncertainty with the Covid situation, but we’ve got a brilliant team hooked into government who are making sure we’re on top of what’s happening,” she mentioned. “It’s really difficult to know where we’ll be in July but those overseas players have all signed their contracts, so fingers crossed they will be over here in the summer.
“It exhibits that these players need to play in the Hundred and see it as a giant alternative, each from a taking part in perspective and in phrases of their private visibility. We discuss world-class high quality and the Hundred being a world-class competitors, and I can categorically say that we have the finest players in the world coming.”
Teams have additionally confirmed the signings of a number of English players. Deals for Sophie Ecclestone (Manchester Originals), Bryony Smith (Welsh Fire), Alice Davidson-Richards (Northern Superchargers), Sarah Glenn (Trent Rockets), Sophia Dunkley (Southern Brave), Mady Villiers (Oval Invincibles), Georgia Elwiss (Birmingham Phoenix) and Tammy Beaumont (London Spirit) have been all introduced on Tuesday.
Additional reporting by Annesha Ghosh