The inaugural edition of ‘The Hundred’ experienced its final round of player movements on Friday (July 2), with the league set for the absence of Nicholas Pooran, Aaron Finch in the men’s tournament and Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning in its female version.
As many as 21 replacements were confirmed by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as players opt out of ‘The Hundred’ citing clashes with the international calendar and multiple travelling restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cases of Pooran, Finch, Healy and Lanning being no different, their teams have roped in Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir and Shabnim Ismail, Laura Wolvaardt as direct replacements for the season.
The Hundred experiences its final round of player movements
The women’s competition is the worst hit by 10 Australian players have pulled out, who are wary of the mandatory two-week quarantine upon their return ahead of the international home summer starting September 19. Among those who signed the contracts, Ellyse Perry is the only Aussie women cricketer who will play the competition.
Similarly, only two of the male cricketers from Down Under – Chris Lynn and Josh Inglis – will take part in The Hundred this year after the likes of Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa and Marcus Stoinis opted out. Finch, who was appointed Northern Superchargers captain, has now been replaced by Du Plessis as skipper.
Notably, multiple New Zealand players have come on board as replacements. The likes of Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Adam Milne, Finn Allen and Jimmy Neesham will now be seen playing the inaugural 100-ball competition.
There have been four male domestic replacements as well in The Hundred as Jordan Thompson come in for the injured Olly Stone at Northern Superchargers, Manchester Originals witness a swap of the retired Harry Gurney and the injured Wayne Madsen with Ollie Robinson and Sam Hain, while young Will Smeed takes the place of injured Henry Brookes at Birmingham Phoenix.
As per the tournament regulations, each of the eight The Hundred sides will be making one further signing in the wildcard draft. “Jake Lintott, Dillon Pennington, Sam Cook and Freddie Klaassen,” ESPNcricinfo reported, are “understood to be among the players picked up” from the wildcard draft.
The Hundred kicks off on July 21 and has its final scheduled for August 21.
Here’s the list of confirmed inclusion and exclusions from each team’s roster in The Hundred:
IN: Adam Milne, Imran Tahir, Finn Allen, Erin Burns, Will Smeed
OUT: Shaheen Shah Afridi, Adam Zampa, Kane Williamson, Ashleigh Gardner, Henry Brookes
IN: Josh Inglis, Grace Scrivens
OUT: Glenn Maxwell
IN: Carlos Brathwaite, Colin Munro, Lockie Ferguson, Ollie Robinson, Sam Hain, Laura Jackson
OUT: Shadab Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Kagiso Radaba, Harry Gurney, Wayne Madsen
IN: Faf du Plessis, Jordan Thompson, Laura Kimmince, Laura Wolvaardt, Sterre Karlis, Kalea Moore
OUT: Aaron Finch, Olly Stone, Nicola Carey, Alyssa Healy
IN: Shabnim Ismail, Danielle Gregory
OUT: Rachael Haynes
IN: Devon Conway, Quinton de Kock, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Ella McCaughan, Charlotte Taylor
OUT: Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Amelia Kerr
IN: Wahab Riaz, Heather Graham, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Rachel Priest, Ella Claridge, Emily Windsor
OUT: Nathan Coulter-Nile, Annabel Sutherland, Sophie Molineux, Elyse Villani
IN: Jimmy Neesham (first three games), Lungi Ngidi (next five games), Glenn Phillips (until Pollard arrives), Piepa Cleary, Sune Luus, Georgia Redmayne, Bethan Ellis, Lissy Macleod, Nicole Harvey
OUT: Jhye Richardson, Kieron Pollard (partial), Georgia Wareham, Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney