An exciting, fun initiative that encourages you to go out and play from the first ball: Jemimah Rodrigues on The Hundred

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Jemimah Rodrigues, India batter, feels introduction of ‘The Hundred’ will be a chance for everyone to test themselves and develop as players. The England and Wales Cricket Board postponed the inaugural edition of The Hundred competition to 2021 in wake of the restrictions that were in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Women's Cricket Super League (WCSL), the T20 competition for women, was scrapped in favour of the women’s version of The Hundred.

Rodrigues was in talks to play for the Northern Supercharges before it was postponed.

“Playing with the best players in the world is what every player enjoys,” she told told The Yorkshire Post.

“The introduction of The Hundred will give everyone, including international players, a chance to test themselves and develop as players. It’s a really exciting and fun initiative that encourages you to go out and play from the first ball.”

Rodrigues, who played for Yorkshire Diamonds in 2019 in WCSL, finished the tournament as the second-highest run-getter scoring 401 runs at a strike rate of 149.62.

“The Kia Super League was a great tournament as it gave us exposure to T20 cricket, which is a format we play regularly at international level,” said Rodrigues. “If you watch the ball well, you will enjoy batting here.”

“Yorkshire was a beautiful place where I felt very included and very comfortable. I didn’t feel like a foreign player coming in, the team were so sweet and made me feel very welcome.”

The 19-year-old batter talked about how competitions like the Hundred could inspire young generation to take up the game. “There were hardly any girls playing cricket when I started; I was so inspired when I first saw women’s cricket on television,” she said. “By allowing young players, particularly girls, to watch the sport on television we can promote more participation in the game.”

“As a young player I always wanted to practice. The more young players can see how much women’s cricket has developed, and how the competition has progressed, the more they will be inspired to participate.”