Heather Knight says The Hundred is a great opportunity to make cricket gender-neutral

England Women captain Heather Knight says The Hundred offers a brilliant opportunity to generate cricket gender-neutral.
Knight will captain London Spirit in the competition, which will observe as soon as it gets underway girls compete on an equal footing with men.
The teams at the 100-ball competition of the eight women perform under the rules and will share the same name.
Speaking at the introduction of the Hundred, Knight said:”This is a fantastic opportunity for the women’s match – and a fantastic chance to make cricket gender-neutral.
“Children growing up will take a look at The Hundred and watch people level-pegging.
“It is going to be a brilliant platform for the sport and hopefully it’s a brilliant competition that gets plenty of people watching and plenty of people playing.
“It is going to be fascinating to direct as there will be plenty of different tactics involved. I’m excited about attempting to construct a brand new team environment.
“It’s exciting to have the chance to play with different players from overseas and home and it must make a excellent spectacle.”
The girls teams are being chosen when every team was not able to sign two players from the England Women’s central-contract 35, over a two-stage system, which began on September 1.
Anya Shrubsole – Knight’s vice-captain for England – and Danni Wyatt in Southern Brave will probably join up. Nat Sciver will combine Trent Rockets also Manchester Originals welcome Sophie Ecclestone, the Emerging Player of the Year for 2018 of the ICC.
Each group was liberated to sign their 13 players from across three player games from the beginning of October, by the England Women’s centrally-contracted players, both overseas players and players that are national.
“Seeing the teams and seeing who’s playing makes it real and builds excitement.
“Both England Women’s players have been picked for every team and there are still 13 gaps to fill.
“Our strategy is a bit more different in the men’s as we do not have a draft but it is a free-market, so I’m eager to see what the team looks like.”
Sanjay Patel, managing director of The Hundred, added:”We are thrilled to share the initial players that are starring in the guys and women’s contests for The Hundred next summer.
“Our ambition is to inspire the next generation to pick up a bat and ball and we expect that a fire will be ignited in young individuals as they see their athletic heroes play The Hundred.”
‘The Hundred Draft – Live’ will soon be live on Sky Sports Cricket,’ Sky One, Main Event & from October 20. It is going to also be accessible through Sky Sports’ Facebook and YouTube stations, as well as dwell on the Sky Sports app and streamed skysports.com.

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