Four Indians set to take part in The Hundred after NOC granted by BCCI

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India openers Shafali Verma (l) and Smriti Mandhana. © BCCI

Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma and Jemimah Rodrigues have been given NOCs by the BCCI to participate in the inaugural edition of The Hundred. The four players have prior experience of playing in English leagues, having been part of the now defunct Women's Cricket Super League (WCSL).

"We have given NOC to four players and they are Harmanpreet, Smriti, Jemimah and Deepti," a BCCI official was quoted as saying by ANI. "It should be a good experience for these players to go and be part of this new league."

Mandhana and Sharma were part of the victorious Western Storm outfit in 2019. Rodrigues played for the Northern Diamonds, which had the likes of Alyssa Healy, while Kaur turned out for Lancashire Thunder.

Northern Superchargers, Southern Brave, London Spirit and Manchester Originals are the teams left in the Hundred with one overseas spot each.

Spirit are led by England captain Heather Knight, who also captained Storm, while Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone, who played for Thunder, are part of Originals. Lauren Winfield-Hill, who was part of Diamonds, is in Superchargers while Danielle Wyatt is in Brave. Wyatt has shared dressing room with Shafali Verma for Velocity in the Women’s T20 Challenge in 2019.

While it was expected that Mandhana and Kaur will play for Spirit and Originals respectively, the other two players were unknown.

India are expected to embark on a longish tour to England in June, which comprises a Test match, three ODIs and three T20Is. The players who would be signed on by teams in The Hundred would then stay back for the competition, that kicks off with Oval Invincibles taking on Originals on July 21. The competition was to start in 2020 but was pushed back by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.