ECB ‘hopeful’ about Indian involvement however awaiting BCCI approval
Ten Australia Ladies internationals have confirmed their availability for the inaugural season of the Hundred, with the ECB “hopeful” that they are going to be joined within the competitors by a handful of India gamers.
Nineteen of the 24 abroad slots within the ladies’s Hundred have now been crammed, after eight new gamers had been introduced on Tuesday: Alyssa Healy, Nicola Carey (Northern Superchargers), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning, Jess Jonassen (Welsh Fireplace), Sophie Molineux, Annabel Sutherland (Trent Rockets), and Rachael Haynes (Oval Invincibles).
Eleven Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and South Africa gamers 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 Courageous).
Whereas recruitment for the boys’s Hundred concerned a retention stage and a participant draft, the ladies’s competitors is working on an open-market system, with gamers and groups allowed to barter contracts immediately.
The ECB stays optimistic that some Indian gamers will likely be concerned within the competitors. Whereas the BCCI doesn’t grant No-Objection Certificates (NOCs) for energetic males’s gamers to look in abroad leagues, India’s main feminine gamers have beforehand appeared within the Kia Tremendous League (KSL) – which has now been discontinued to make approach for the Hundred – and the Ladies’s Huge Bash League.
ESPNcricinfo understands that Indian gamers are eager to be concerned within the competitors, however that they’re ready on approval from the BCCI. 4 India internationals – Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma – had been involved in the KSL between 2017 and 2019.
ESPNcricinfo understands that the ECB has been in discussions with the BCCI concerning the prospect, and a spokesperson stated they had been “hopeful” of Indian involvement.
Charlotte Edwards, Southern Courageous’s head coach, informed Sky’s Cricket Present: “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 top of the ladies’s Hundred, informed ESPNcricinfo that the ECB was assured the “best players in the world” would function.
“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 stated. “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 reveals that these gamers need to play within the Hundred and see it as a giant alternative, each from a taking part in perspective and when it comes to 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 got the perfect gamers on this planet coming.”
Teams have also confirmed the signings of several 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) were all announced on Tuesday.
Additional reporting by Annesha Ghosh
Matt Curler is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets at @mroller98