The duo of Australia David Warner and Marcus Stoinis withdrew from the first edition of The Hundred, confirmed in a statement the Cricket Council of England and Wales (ECB). Both players made the decision due to complications related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Warner and Stoinis were traded by Southern Brave for £ 100,000 and £ 80,000 respectively. Both are part of Australia’s white ball tour of the West Indies and Bangladesh, which is set to begin in July-August.
“It’s obviously frustrating to lose players with the capabilities of David and Marcus, but the reality of Covid means that there are practical practices that are difficult for some foreign players to overcome,” the ECB said in a statement on Thursday.
“Substitutes abroad will be signed by Southern Brave and we look forward to The Sto showing world-class cricket this summer.”
Along with Warner and Stoinis, several more names are believed to be withdrawing from the race due to international commitments and an inexorable pandemic situation.
Meanwhile, five Indian toys joined the competition for the 100 women. Shafali Verma joined Birmingham Phoenix as a replacement for Sophie Devine while Harmanpreet Kaur, who will take part in the opening match of the Kia Oval on July 21, has joined Manchester Originals.
The tournament, organized by the English and Welsh Cricket Board (ECB) and played in a 100-ball format, will see some of the best women in cricket from around the world compete for different franchises.
“It’s very exciting that I’m going to start playing in the first game of its kind on The Hundred,” Harmanpreet was quoted as saying on the tournament’s website.
“It will be special to make history, especially with a match for women on such a big field. We have played in front of some big crowds in India and it is always a great experience for the players,” she added.
(With IANS inputs)