Seven Australian cricketers from the recent women’s world cup winning squad were signed in The Hundred draft on Tuesday. The signings include Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Rachel Haynes, Tahlia McGrath, Alana King, Megan Schutt and Annabel Sutherland. Apart from them, left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux has also been signed. Last year 11 Australian cricketers had pulled out of the inaugural edition of the tournament due to COVID-19 restrictions.
They are among the 12 overseas signings announced, which also include New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite and Amelia Kerr, South Africa’s Mignon du Preez and West Indies’ Deandra Dottin. 12 players had already signed with their respective teams earlier.
Meanwhile, Alyssa Healy has been retained by Northern Superchargers, which will now include the services of veteran seamer Jenny Gunn – who hadn’t played in the inaugural season.
Among the local players, Tammy Beaumont has left London Spirit to captain Welsh Fire, where she will be joined by Fran Wilson, Alex Hartley, Fi Morris and Sarah Bryce. Her fellow opener, Lauren Winfield Hill has moved from Northern Superchargers to Oval Invincibles.
Sanjay Patel, the Managing Director of The Hundred, said, “With a host of star players confirmed, The Hundred will have fans on the edge of their seats with world-class sport, as well as bringing more family-friendly entertainment off the pitch. In the women’s competition, we have the best players from across the world taking part including Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine and we are confident we will set a new benchmark for the women’s domestic game.
In the men’s category of the Hundred, Manchester Originals made the big moves with the signings of three high-profile all-rounders – West Indian Andre Russell, Sri Lankan Wanindu Hasaranga and Australian Sean Abbott. Colin Munro, meanwhile, moved base from Originals to Trent Rockets, where he will be joined by the English duo of Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Ian Cockbain
London Spirits signed Kieron Pollard after their attempt to sign Sunil Narine failed owing to the Right to Match card used by Oval Invincibles. Pollard, however, won’t be available for a part of the season owning to commitments in the Caribbean Premier League. Their other signings include Liam Dawson, Australian international Riley Meredith and Jordan Thompson.
Meanwhile, Oval Invincibles picked Rilee Rossouw and Australian batter Hilton Cartwright after using their RTM for Narine to beef up their strong domestic batting line-up.
Welsh Fire picked three big overseas players – Australia’s Adam Zampa, South Africa’s David Miller and Pakistan’s Naseem Shah – apart from some strong domestic cricketers in the form of Joe Clarke and Tom Banton.
Birmingham Pheonix have invested their faith in Matthew Wade and Olly Stone, while Southern Brave have picked Quinton de Kock.
The window for the women’s sides to sign players remains open with teams having until June 30 to complete their squads. Men’s and women’s sides will be able to select an additional overseas pick in the overseas Wildcard Draft, while the men’s squads will be completed with the domestic Wildcard draft.