The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) organized, The Hundred 2023, which has its 3rd edition scheduled to be played from the 1st to the 27th of August, and now, post the retentions, the recently released updated players list for the upcoming draft is made public that sees a fair count of Indians on the list.
The competition’s first-ever women’s draft will see each team bag 4 players and that’s following the retentions which had most franchises retain 4 players each. Welsh Fire, the only franchise that retained 3 players, now is left with a couple following Annabel Sutherland’s last-minute withdrawal. For the same reasons, the Fire will be the only team eyeing 6 players during the draft.
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— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) March 23, 2023
The Final draft player list that was released on the 22nd of March sees 114 domestic players and 151 overseas players. Highlights from the updated list are that 6 Australian players, New Zealand’s Hayley Jensen, and 2 domestic players have withdrawn their names, while 4 players from Pakistan and 9 from India are now a part of the draft.
Megan Schutt, Nicola Carey, Erin Burns, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, and Annabel Sutherland are the Australians who’ll not feature in the upcoming edition of The Hundred. Domestic talents, Tara Norris and Alexa Stonehouse too will be absent from the editions action.
Here are the women’s squads after #TheHundredDraft, Powered by @sageuk 🤩
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— The Hundred (@thehundred) March 23, 2023
Spinners, Tuba Hassan and Sadia Iqbal, and batters Javeria Khan and Ayesha Naseem are the 4 players from Pakistan who’ve made it to The Hundred draft. The Indian lot sees batters, Yastika Bhatia, Richa Ghosh, and Meghana Sabbhineni, all-rounders, Harleen Deol, Amanjot Kaur, Sneh Rana, and bowlers Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh Thakur, and Radha Yadav.
The draft will be streamed live on Sky Sports, and its YouTube channels on the 23rd of March. Post the draft, the Open Market will commence in March and will go on till June which will see teams fill in their remaining 7 slots to close out on their respective squads of 15.
The Hundred 2023 fixtures this time around are squeezed into a 4-week window that’ll see the tournament played from the 1st to the 27th of August, during the peak of English summer. The tournament has been reduced to 4 weeks to avoid overlapping with the international schedule, and the same has resulted in as few as 5 games being cut from the 03 edition.