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10 June 2021
The Hundred is seeing an exodus even before the first season of the marquee tournament of the England and Wales Cricket Board begins. Australia’s David Warner and Marcus Stoinis of the Southern Brave have pulled out of the tournament, slated to begin on July 21. The two were on deals worth £100,000 and £80,000 respectively,
"It is obviously disappointing to lose players with the ability of David and Marcus, but the realities of Covid mean there are practicalities that are difficult for some overseas players to overcome," the ECB was quoted as saying to ESPNCricinfo.
"Replacement overseas players will be signed by Southern Brave, and we look forward to the Hundred showcasing world-class cricket this summer," it added.
However, the problems might increase for The Hundred teams as seven other Australian men's players contracted by many of the eight sides might also pull out. The reason is Australia’s tour to the Caribbean and Bangladesh in the period of July 21 to August 21. Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn, D'Arcy Short and Nathan Coulter-Nile - are all contracted for the tournament.
But all these pullouts also give an opportunity to some other foreign players like New Zealand’s Finn Allen who is currently representing Lancashire in the T20 Blast. "Hopefully I can slide in as a replacement player. I've heard a few players might potentially be pulling out from different countries, so hopefully, an opportunity pops up," said the 22-year-old who hit a fantabulous 73 off 51 balls against Leicestershire in his last game in the Blast.
India’s teenage sensation Shafali Verma was also confirmed to represent Birmingham Phoenix as a replacement for New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine. Devine pulled out ‘in order 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 20211’.
The 17-year-old Verma would be the fifth Indian Women’s player alongside Deepti Sharma (London Spirit), Harmanpreet Kaur (Manchester Originals), Smriti Mandhana (Southern Brave) and Jemimah Rodrigues (Northern Superchargers) to play in The Hundred Women.