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Four Indian footballers allow BCCI NOC to play “The Hundred” in the UK

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Harmanpreet Kaur.

BCCI has issued non-objection (NOC) certificates to four Indian women for cricket, including Captain T20 Harmanpreet Kaurto play in the inaugural tournament “Hundred” in the UK, starting on July 21.

Opener Smrati mandhana and comprehensively Deepti Sharma are among the four for the 100-ball tournament. The name of the fourth player is still unknown.

“Harmanpreet, Mandhana, Deepti and another player received permission because BCCI provided NOC for them,” a BCCI source told PTI on condition of anonymity.

Of course, these four Indian players will extend their stay in the UK after the end of the multi-format tour of England in England in June-July.

The tour begins with a one-time test in Bristol on June 16 and ends with the third and final T20I on July 15.

Between them is a series of ODI with three games.

The Indian team for the tour is yet to be announced, while the new head coach is expected to be appointed by the BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee soon.

The selected players will report on May 27, although it is not known how they will travel to the United Kingdom, as flights from India have been suspended by the British government after an unprecedented jump in the COVID-19 case.

“Players will be asked to report on the tour on May 27,” the source said.

Harmanpreet, Mandhana, Deepti Sharma and Jemima Rodriguez took part in the now defunct Kia Super League (KSL) in 2019, the ECB’s T20 domestic tournament, which gave way to the women’s hundred.

The Hundred, which was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will start with the women’s match between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals in London, before the respective men meet the next day.

Without a player project for women, teams are selected by the respective head coaches.

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