India’s T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and teenage batting sensation Shafali Verma shall be representing the Manchester Originals and Birmingham Phoenix respectively in the inaugural version of The Hundred in the UK beginning on July 21.
The duo shall be joined by opener Smriti Mandhana, all-rounder Deepti Sharma and batswoman Jemimah Rodrigues in the 100-ball match involving eight males’s and ladies’s groups.
Whereas 17-year-old Verma, who’s the No. 1 ranked T20 batter, joins Birmingham Phoenix as a alternative for New Zealand’s Sophie Devine, Sharma will prove for the London Spirit.
Mandhana, the Indian T20 vice captain, is about to type a devastating opening partnership with England’s Danni Wyatt at Southern Courageous and Rodrigues will feature for Northern Superchargers.
Harmanpreet, recognized for her explosive hitting energy, will star in the opening match as she joins Manchester Originals.
“It’s very thrilling that I’m going to get to play in the primary ever recreation of The Hundred,” Kaur was quoted by the official web site of the match.
“It will likely be particular to make historical past, particularly with a girls’s match at such a giant floor. We’ve performed in entrance of some massive crowds in India and it’s all the time an incredible expertise for the gamers,” she added.
Rodrigues, Kaur, Mandhana and Sharma have been additionally part of the now-defunct Kia Tremendous League (KSL) in 2019, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s home T20 match that made manner for the Girls’s Hundred.
The Hundred, which was postponed final yr due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled to begin from July 21 with the ladies’s match between the Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals in London.
Beth Barrett-wild, Head of The Hundred girls’s competitors, mentioned: “It’s so good to lastly give you the option to affirm the involvement of among the superstars from the India staff. They’re a vastly thrilling group of gamers they usually’ll deliver rather a lot to the competitors.”
“I can’t wait for July 21, I can’t wait for the entire competitors, and I can’t wait for followers to see these world-class gamers doing what they do greatest,” she added.