Australian star all-rounder Ellyse Perry has pulled out of the inaugural season of the Hundred citing personal reasons. Perry was due to represent Birmingham Phoenix in this year’s inaugural season of the competition.
She is the second Phoenix player after Sophie Devine to withdraw from the tournament who opted out last month citing the need to “be in the best position to prepare for international cricket, particularly with the ICC Women’s World Cup due to be held in her native New Zealand in February” according to an ECB release. The club pulled in Indian batter Shafali Verma as her replacement.
“We are obviously very disappointed that Ellyse Perry has had to withdraw from the Hundred due to personal circumstances, but we completely understand her decision and wish her all the best,” Beth Barrett-Wild, head of the women’s competition, said.
Perry’s Australia-team mates Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes have also withdrawn from the Hundred, ahead of their home series against India, which will start on September 19.
Apart from the mentioned high-profile players in the women’s category, the tournament has also lost a flurry of big names from the men’s competition. The international stars include players with the likes of David Warner, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Williamson, Jhye Richardson, and Kagiso Rabada. Packed international schedules, other franchise leagues and bio-bubble constraints are some of the immediate reasons for the withdrawal of a host of players.
Just a couple of weeks away, the women’s Hundred will begin on July 21 and will run until August 21.