England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that all players who were offered contracts for the Women’s Hundred this year can renew their deal on the same terms for 2021.
The Hundred is an innovative franchise-based league which includes American sports-style draft and was due to be launched in mid-July but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ECB Confirms Women Can Stick With Current Team And Can Sign With Other Teams From October
The ECB said in a statement that players would get the option of rolling over their contracts into 2021 and sticking with their current team on the same payroll terms, while those that turn it down can sign with other teams starting from October.
“COVID-19 has caused some uncertainty for athletes, especially female athletes, so being able to provide immediate clarity and assurance to the women’s players is very important,” said Beth Barrett-Wild, head of the Hundred women’s competition.
The Hundred Women’s Competition in 2021 will feature eight teams comprising of 15 players in each team which will be confirmed in 2021. All players signed to play in the 2020 edition of The Hundred will be given the opportunity to roll-over their contracts to 2021. By doing so they will continue to play for the same team and be paid the same fee.
Anya Shrubsole Who Re-signed Don’t Expect Many Players Switching Teams
England seamer Anya Shrubsole, who has re-signed with Southern Brave, said she did not expect too many players to switch teams.
“There may be a little bit of movement but you obviously signed up for those teams because that’s where you wanted to play, so I can’t see a huge amount of changing within the year,” Shrubsole told Sky Sports.
Each team will select the rest of its squad of 15 and must sign a minimum of 13 players. Teams can sign a maximum of three England women’s centrally contracted players and a maximum of three overseas players according to ECB. The eight teams align directly with the teams competing in the Men’s Competition:
- Birmingham Phoenix
- London Spirit
- Manchester Originals
- Northern Superchargers
- Oval Invincibles
- Southern Brave
- Trent Rockets
- Welsh Fire
One-hundred-ball cricket is a form of limited-overs cricket, played by two teams each playing a single innings made up of 100 balls.