The Indian cricket board has permitted No Objection Certificates to four women players to participate in the maiden edition of the Hundred. As per ESPNCricinfo, the four Indian players who are going to be a part of the tournament are Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodriguez, Deepti Sharma, and Harmanpreet Kaur. The tournament 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. Along with the women's competition, there will be a men's edition, which is likely to commence on July 22.
The BCCI in India is also likely to permit its U23 players to participate in England's The Hundred. It will see prominent cricketers (both men and women) playing in the competition later this year in the English summer. The first season of the tournament will take place this year. Earlier, it was unlikely that the BCCI will allow players to participate in the maiden edition of the competition because of time constraints.
The league involves eight men's and women's, teams
The Hundred is a professional franchise 100-ball cricket competition. It involves eight men's and women's teams located in major cities across England and Wales. The format was created to attract younger and more diverse audiences to watch the sports. Cricket fans can watch with the expectation that the shorter format will mean each match lasts around two-and-a-half hours. The BBC will also show free-to-air broadcasts of the tournament. All the women's games and a few men's matches are going to be available to stream for free on Sky Sports' YouTube channel.
The Sky Sports team is likely to offer viewers sensational coverage of The Hundred competition. The full coverage will include the build-up, live-action, and post-match analysis, with all the action, drama, and entertainment life from cricket stadiums across the UK. All the cricket fanatics will be able to tune in to all 68 matches live on Sky Sports. All women's games and a significant number of men's games are going to be live on the Sky Cricket YouTube channel.
Director of Sky Sports Cricket Bryan Henderson is thrilled ahead of launching The Hundred. He expects some thrilling games to take place across England's stadiums. Henderson also hopes that the competition would inspire more women to take up cricket. Bryan also confirmed the introduction of fresh graphics and new technology to facilitate better coverage of the games.