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David Warner, Marcus Stoinis pull out of the inaugural edition of The Hundred

June 12, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

David Warner and Marcus Stoinis have decided to withdraw from The Hundred. Both cricketers have been included in Australia's preliminary squads for the white-ball tours to the West Indies and Bangladesh. Australia is going to play five T20Is and three ODIs against West Indies starting from July 10. After that, the entire team will head to Bangladesh to play five more T20I games in August.

Considering the tour will clash with The Hundred's July-August window, the players had to pull out of the tournament. Both David Warner and Marcus Stoinis had contracts worth 100,000 pounds ($141,680.00) and 80,000 pounds, respectively. They were supposed to play for the Southern Brave in the tournament. The English Cricket Board has invested a lot in the competition and hopes to attract younger audiences to the sport. 

The Hundred will have eight teams

The Hundred, which is an ECB brainchild, will witness eight teams facing each other. The first games of the tournament will be played between the women's teams of Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals. The Hundred is a 100-ball cricket tournament that will see prominent players (both men and women) playing in the competition in the English summer.

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. The change of ends will only happen after ten balls have been bowled. The game's new format was supposed to take place in 2020, but it was postponed due to the 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.

Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi is also going to pull out from Birmingham Phoenix. He is a part of Pakistan's T20I and Test tour of the West Indies. On the other hand, Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan will miss at least the first half of the group stage for Manchester Originals as he is in Pakistan's T20I team. Moreover, WI all-rounder Andre Russell is also likely to miss the first half of the group stage as he is returning to West Indies' T20I squad for home series against Australia and Pakistan.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth