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Australian players likely to pull out of The Hundred

May 23, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Several Australian cricketers are likely to opt out of the maiden season of The Hundred owing to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This includes players like David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch, and many others. If the Australian cricketers take part in the tournament, they will be required to go through a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival for the tournament. 

Considering the Aussies are set to play a 5-match T20I series and a 3-match ODI series against West Indies, it will become difficult for the Australians to be a part of the tournament as the West Indies tour is going to conclude on July 25. Thus, Australian players will anyway miss the start of The Hundred. Additionally, the BCCI is thinking of rescheduling the IPL 2021 considering the T20 World Cup, Ashes and the limited-overs series at home against New Zealand and Sri Lanka also in lined up.

An innings in The Hundred encompasses 100 deliveries

The Hundred is a new 100-ball cricket tournament. It will see prominent cricketers from both men and women categories playing in the competition later this year in the English summer. The Hundred is going to start from July 22 and will also clash with the India-England Test series, starting from August 4. The series is likely to continue till September 14. However, considering several international venues in England booked to host the games of the tournament, the ECB might have to rejig the series.

With T20 matches going on for more than 3 hours, the ECB has come up with The Hundred to attract new audiences. An innings in The Hundred will encompass 100 deliveries, and a change of ends will only happen after ten balls have been bowled. Meanwhile, the BCCI has given NOCs to five women cricketers to play in the women's edition of The Hundred. As per ESPNCricinfo, the other four Indian players who are going to be a part of the tournament are Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodriguez, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, and Harmanpreet Kaur.

The game's new format was supposed to take place in 2020, but it was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The highly anticipated tournament, organized by the England Cricket Board, is now going to start on July 21. There will be a men's edition along with the women's competition, which is likely to commence on July 22.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh