Indian cricketers, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana will be representing the Manchester Originals and Southern Brave respectively in the upcoming edition of The Hundred. The sources in the know of development recently confirmed the news to ANI. As many as five players have been granted NOC by the BCCI to play in the tournament.
“The NOC has already been given to both Harmanpreet and Smriti. Harmanpreet will represent Manchester Originals while Smriti will play for Southern Brave in the inaugural edition of the competition,” the source said.
Earlier, only four players were confirmed to play in the tournament. However, it has now been understood that the teen sensation, Shefali Verma will also be part of the tournament and has been granted NOC by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Verma was picked up by Birmingham Phoenix.
“It is delightful news not just for Shafali but for Indian women’s cricket that there will be five Indian players in the inaugural edition of The Hundred. She will reunite with her Sydney Sixers coach Ben Sawyer and the experience should help her grow further in what has already been a very positive road forward for the youngster,” the source told ANI.
With the NOCs in hand now, the players would be staying in the UK for an extended period as the Indian Cricket team is to face the England team in an all-format series including one Test, three ODIs, and as many T20Is to be held in June-July.
The five players who will be part of the inaugural edition of the tournament are as follows:
- Smriti Mandhana
- Harmanpreet Kaur
- Jemimah Rodrigues
- Deepti Sharma
- Shafali Verma
The Hundred tournament is a 100-ball cricket competition which will see both women’s and men’s player featuring in different teams. It will see eight teams, Birmingham Phoenix, London Spirit, Manchester Originals, Northern Superchargers, Oval Invincibles, Southern Brave, Trent Rockets, and Welsh Fire, compete with each other to win the title.