(Asian News Hub) – Some more of the best players in world cricket have been signed up to play in The Hundred, the new fast-paced family-friendly 100-ball cricket competition to be launched this summer. However, no Indian cricketer appears in any of the eight franchise teams.
Thirty-five men’s players have been revealed after being chosen out of more than 500 overseas and English players vying for a place in the competition, the England Cricket Board announced on Tuesday.
Alongside this, a further eight English and eight Australian star women’s players have also been announced.
Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, David Warner, Kagiso Rabada and Tom Abell are the top five men’s picks in The Hundred Draft to fill the remaining 35 spaces in the men’s squads.
Manchester Originals were the busiest team, signing 10 players. As well as Pooran and Rabada, they also drafted Harry Gurney, Jamie Overton and Shadab Khan amongst others.
Other England stars signed up include Ravi Bopara going to London Spirit, Olly Stone joining Northern Superchargers, and Saqib Mahmood being picked up by Oval Invincibles.
The eight teams have now filled all but one place in their men’s squads — they each have one Vitality Wildcard pick each to fill the final slot in June.
Men’s competition features three of world’s top five male international T20 batters and four of top five male bowlers.
Players are being signed on an individual basis by the eight teams in the women’s competition, with no equivalent draft event. Teams will continue to fill their squads over the coming months.
World’s top female T20 bowler Sophie Ecclestone and leading female T20 batter Beth Mooney are among the latest women’s star signings.
Women’s competition currently features three of world’s top five female international T20 batters and bowlers.
The women’s competition will headline the start of The Hundred with Oval Invincibles taking on Manchester Originals in a standalone women’s match, live on Sky and BBC on July 21, a day before the men’s teams meet.
The Hundred will combine fast-paced cricket featuring world-class players with entertainment off the pitch making it a great day out for families.
The Hundred Draft featured 252 overseas players and 254 domestic players vying for the remaining places in the men’s teams.
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Anantnag’s all-rounder Rubia Syed to play for Gujarat Giants in Womens’ IPL
Rubia Syed Sheikh, a 29-year-old female cricketer from Badasgam village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district has been called up by the Gujarat Giants for the upcoming season of the Women’s Indian Premier League (IPL).
Rubia is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium pace. She has been playing cricket since 2012 and has represented Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) for the last ten years. She has also played in the Ranji Trophy and Senior Women’s T-20.
Rubia said, “I received a call from officials who told me that I will be part of the IPL team Gujarat Giants for the upcoming season.”
Rubia said her father, Ghulam Qadir Sheikh, a fruit businessman, has always believed in her and supported her. She said there is a lot of excitement among her family members and fans and every one of them wants to see her playing for the Gujarat Giants.
“I will give my best to contribute to the team’s success,” she said.
Jasia Akhter, another female cricketer from south Kashmir’s Shopian district, was selected for the Women’s Premier League (WPL) in February this year. She was taken by Delhi Capitals for Rs 20 lakh in the auction. KNO
Night football tournament lights up Kashmir’s Apple town, triggers enthusiasm
Sopore is witnessing buzzing sports activities during night drawing an impressive crowd to watch matches.
With floodlights illuminating the field, Khushal Sports Stadium has become an epicenter for football enthusiasts in north Kashmir.
Locals told that Khushal Sports Stadium which was usually quiet during evenings is experiencing an electrifying atmosphere now.
The bright floodlights painted the stadium with a magical glow, creating the perfect setting for an unforgettable show of talent, they said.
The tournament organizers, along with local football associations, have planned the tournament to ensure a seamless and exciting experience for all.
Enthusiastic cheers, applause, and friendly banter reverberate through the stadium as the players compete passionately under the shimmering floodlights during night.
“I can’t believe we have a football tournament under the stars. The floodlights make it even cooler, and I’m so excited to cheer for my favorite team,” said football aficionado Sameer.
“The night football tournament has brought so much joy to our town. We love seeing everyone come together like this,” said Ayoob Ahmad, a shop owner.
A similar volleyball tournament under floodlights recently concluded in Handwara area of Kupwara.
The tournament became a major attraction for sports enthusiasts as well as locals, drawing a massive crowd to cheer for the competing teams. KNO
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