Four Indian women cricketers have received (No Objection Certificates) NOCs from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to compete in the inaugural edition of the Hundred League. Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodriguez, Deepti Sharma and Harmanpreet Kaur are the four Indian players who will appear in the tournament.
The league was supposed to commence in 2020, but due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, it was suspended. The England Cricket Board’s eagerly anticipated tournament will now begin on July 21. Along with the women’s edition, a men’s edition will be started on July 22.
As a result of the scheduling, Indian players competing in the Hundred will have to prolong their stay in the United Kingdom after India’s multi-format tour begins on June 16th. In June, the Indian women’s cricket team will fly to England to compete in all three formats against the hosts. The BCCI recently revealed India’s tour of England, which will include three One-Day Internationals (ODIs), three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), and a one-off Test match. It will be the first Test for India since November 2014.
India’s tour of England begins on June 16 and on July 15, the tour will come to a close. The four Indian players will remain after the tour to compete in the Hundred.
The Hundred features some of cricket’s biggest superstars
Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma previously competed in the ECB’s Kia Super League, which is now replaced by The Hundred.
The Eight Teams competing in the Hundred league are:
- Birmingham Phoenix
- Trent Rockets
- Oval Invincibles
- Southern Brave
- London Spirit
- Manchester Originals
- Northern Superchargers
- Welsh Fire
The Hundred will kick off in London with a match between the Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals women’s teams, followed by a match between their respective men’s teams the next day. The likes of superstar cricketers like Elysse Perry, Meg Lanning, Sarah Taylor, Sophie Devine, Alyssa Healy, etc. will feature in the league.