“We’re disappointed to lose a player of Rachael’s stature and ability, but the realities of COVID mean there remain practicalities that are difficult for some overseas players to overcome,” an ECB spokesperson was quoted as saying to Standard Sport.
“A replacement overseas player will be signed by Oval Invincibles, and we look forward to showcasing the women’s game with world class players performing on a big platform through The Hundred this summer.”
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The COVID-19 protocols in Australia state that a two-week mandatory quarantine had to be done on returning from an international trip. This has meant that more Australia players are reconsidering their deals and weighing up withdrawing from the competition.
As many as eleven players from Australia were set to feature in ECB’s newest hundred-ball competition, with Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner, Georgia Wareham, Annabel Sutherland, Beth Mooney, Nicola Carey, Sophie Molineux and Elyse Villani being the others.