Former English cricketer and now a commentator, Isa Guha is set to be unveiled as the face of The Hundred, a 100-ball tournament by England and Wales Cricket Board scheduled to start from July 2020.
Television rights for The Hundred have been awarded to the BCC and Sky.
“Isa’s star is very much on the rise. She is clearly the right fit as the new face of cricket,” ‘The Sunday Times’ quoted a source as saying. Guha, 34, was the first female commentator to cover Sky Sport’s Test cricket and has just completed her coverage of The Ashes series between England and Australia for Sky before reportedly being lured by the BBC.
The bidding for The Hundred begins next month with eight participating sides in an American-style draft, where teams take turns to select from a pool of players. The matches follow next year, according to the newspaper. It is historic in many ways as it will be the first time since 1999 that viewers in the UK will be able to watch live cricket screened by the national broadcaster and free-to-air.
Guha, whose parents migrated from Kolkata in the 1970s, made her England debut in 2002 and was once ranked the No. 1 female bowler in the world.
(This story has not been edited by Female Cricket and was first covered by PTI)