As many as five Indian women cricketers are expected to compete in The Hundred’s debut season. Apart from senior stalwarts Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana, the 100-ball competition will also include top-ranked T20I batter Shafali Verma, all-rounder Deepti Sharma, and Jemimah Rodrigues.
The Manchester Originals have signed Harmanpreet Singh, India’s T20I captain, while the Southern Brave have signed Mandhana. Rodrigues will play for the Northern Superchargers, while Deepti will play for the London Spirit. Shafali will be a late replacement for Sophie Devine, who dropped out owing to logistical issues. At Birmingham Phoenix, the young Indian opener replaces the Kiwi all-rounder.
The Hundred Women competition’s head, Beth Barrett-Wild, expressed her delight at being able to get the Indian players on board for what is unquestionably the ECB’s most ambitious initiative to date. “They’re a really exciting collection of players who will bring a lot to the table,” Beth added.
“I can’t wait until July 21, for the entire tournament, and for fans to witness these world-class athletes doing what they do best.”
India’s T20I skipper Harmanpreet Singh added: “It’s a dream come true for me to be able to participate in The Hundred’s first ever game. “Making history, especially with a women’s match in such a large venue, will be wonderful. We’ve played in front of very enormous audiences in India, and the players usually have a fantastic time.