A hundred promises of “world-class cricket” despite a wave of withdrawals


Sanjay Patel, general manager of the Hundred, insisted the competition would feature “brilliant overseas players” and “world-class cricket” despite a series of withdrawals that deprived the new tournament of. the ECB of most of its biggest international stars.

More than a dozen foreign players have withdrawn from men’s and women’s tournaments in recent months due to clashes with international playoffs, quarantine periods and restrictions on international travel, injuries and positive Covid-19 tests , with the relatively low salaries involved – up to £ 100,000 (around US $ 138,600) for male players, and up to £ 15,000 (around US $ 20,800) for women. This has proven to be insufficient for players to take the risk of traveling to a country where cases of Covid are on the rise.

On the men’s side, Kane Williamson, Glenn Maxwell, Kieron Pollard, Kagiso Rabada, Andre Russell, Shaheen Shah Afridi and David Warner are among the big packages, while Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning and Beth Mooney are losses major. Women’s. Three men’s and three women’s teams have seen their three foreign players withdraw since the start of the year, with two of Welsh Fire’s replacement players retiring in addition to their first three.

While replacement players have been signed, there is a drop in star quality. In men, many substitutes – including Glenn phillips, Finn allen and Carlos brathwaite – agreed to stay after playing in the Vitality Blast for their respective counties, while the women’s competition saw a number of WBBL regulars recruited at short notice, including uncapped ones Piepa Cleary, Georgia Redmayne and Sammy-Jo Johnson.

But Patel suggested that despite the high turnover from foreign players, the competition would still be able to deliver on its promise of involving “world-class cricket”, in part thanks to the depth of talent in the English game.

“We talked about world class cricket and helping to prepare players to play for England and win world tournaments for years to come,” Patel said. “Yes, we’ve had a lot of disruption because of Covid and our overseas roster, but we still have a fantastic overseas roster and we have some brilliant overseas players in their 100s this year.

“If you’ve seen the England Women’s series against India recently, [it was an] absolutely fantastic performance from the England women’s team and there is now more depth to the English women’s game than there has ever been before, so once again we are ready to see brilliant cricket in female competition.

“In the men’s competition, England’s second team just beat Pakistan which is a remarkable achievement, and it once again underlines the depth of talent we have in this country. All these players alongside the English players will be on display in the Hundred we are ready to see some brilliant, world-class cricket. “

This depth of talent, Patel said, meant the Hundred were “less dependent” on foreign players than they might be in other competitions, and also highlighted the challenges other sports face with. top players retiring in the short term due to the pandemic and its far-reaching implications.

“Of course, we don’t have the original list neither for women nor for men,” he said. “But if you watch any sporting event right now, they’re hit with withdrawals. There are people retiring from Open Golf, British Lions teams. [rugby union] – there is no sports tournament that will go through this without any form of disturbance and it is the world in which we live, and the world that we have to accept.

“Now that said, we still have some brilliant foreign stars. I can’t wait to see how someone like Devon Conway is going to go, who has burst onto the scene. I can’t wait to watch the five Indian players, who have been able to get back in shape recently in the Test series and who will enter the Hundred. One of my favorite foreign players is [Harmanpreet] Kaur, and I want to see his bat in the Hundred. We still have bright stars available.

“The national white ball talent for both men and women is strong now, so I think we’re actually less dependent on foreign players. And look, in the years to come I think these stars, once that they will see it, will go to raise their hand and compete in future competitions, so we’re not too worried about that at this point. “

Withdrawals since February 2021:

Men’s: Kane Williamson, Shaheen Afridi, Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, Kagiso Rabada, Shadab Khan, Kieron Pollard, Jhye Richardson, Aaron Finch, David Warner, Andre Russell, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile

Women’s: Ashleigh Gardner, Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Sune Luus, Amelia Kerr, Ellyse Villani, Nicola Carey, Alyssa Healy, Rachael Haynes, Annabel Sutherland, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney

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