Richa Ghosh to play for London Spirit in The Hundred

Richa Ghosh will be the third Indian player taking part in the competition for 2023 season alongside her captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana

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Richa Ghosh

Richa in action during T20 World Cup 2023 ©

India wicket-keeper Richa Ghosh will represent London Spirit in the third edition of The Hundred that's scheduled to take place in August as England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced final round of signing in the women's competition on Thursday (July 13).

19-year-old Ghosh will take her place as the the third overseas signing of  the London based side with Grace Harris and Amelia Kerr. The right handed batter from Bengal wil be replacing Australian wicket-keeper Georgia Redmayne although the latter wasn't officially announced as part of the squad.

Ghosh last played international cricket during the T20 World Cup 2023 and hasn't been picked for the ongoing India tour of Bangladesh. Althought there was no official confirmation, the young hard-hitting batter was said to be dropped owing to fitness issues.

Ghosh made her debut during the Tri-series in Australia ahead of the T20 World Cup 2020 and has scored 563 runs at 26.80 average and 133.41 strike rate from 35 T20Is so far. She will have her Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammate Heather Knight for company at Spirit. The England skipper will also lead the side after missing the last season due to a hip injury. Harmanpreet Kaur, who was signed by Manchester Originals during the Draft, and Smriti Mandhana, who was retained by Southern Brave, are the other two Indians in this edition of The Hundred.

Young England seamer Lauren Filer, who made an impressive international debut during the one-off Women's Ashes Test, has also been signed with Spirit. UAE international Mahika Gaur who plays for Thunder in the England regional competitions will represent Manchester Originals in the season.

“I absolutely can’t wait to play at Lord’s in The Hundred for London Spirit. It will be great to link up with Heather Knight, and it’s obviously so special to play at the home of cricket. It’s just a brilliant competition, with some of the best players in the world, and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it,"  Filer said.

Injured Oval Invincibles and England seamer Natasha Farrant has been replaced by Lizzie Scott and Cassidy McCarthy will take the place of injured Emma Jones at Trent Rockets.

Final round of signings (by team):

Birmingham Phoenix: Davina Perrin, Abbey Freeborn, Charis Pavely

London Spirit: Richa Ghosh, Lauren Filer, Chloe Hill, Alice Monaghan

Manchester Originals: Ami Campbell, Amara Carr, Mahika Gaur, Laura Jackson

Northern Superchargers: Georgie Boyce, Lucy Higham, Grace Ballinger, Grace Hall, Leah Dobson

Oval Invincibles: Sophia Smale, Beth Langston, Cordelia Griffith, Claudie Cooper, Lizzie Scott

Southern Brave: Kalea Moore, Seren Smale, Ellie Anderson, Mary Taylor

Trent Rockets: Jo Gardner, Fran Wilson, Nat Wraith, Cassidy McCarthy

Welsh Fire: Emily Windsor, Ella McCaughan, Georgia Davis, Kate Coppack