The Hundred: After David Warner, Marcus Stoinis, now Kagiso Rabada pulls out of the tournament, says report- The tournament is set to lose more players as it aims to compete with international schedules and bio-bubble fatigue. Days after David Warner and Marcus Stoinis pulled out of the tournament, Kagiso Rabada has withdrawn from the tournament.
Rabada had reportedly signed a deal with Manchester Originals. The pace spearhead is currently part of the South Africa Test squad who will also play a T20 and ODI series before the Ireland tour that will come to end on July 25. Even though Rabada might have few weeks before his next assignment, he is likely to opt for a break instead of taking part in the Hundred.
Lockie Ferguson is likely to join as the replacement for Kagiso Rabada.
Reacting to the development, an ECB spokesperson said, “We are thrilled to welcome a player of the quality of Lockie Ferguson to The Hundred. It’s sad news that Kagiso will not take part this year but the schedule and challenges around international travel due to Covid remain an issue for some overseas players,” it addded.
The Hundred: After David Warner, Marcus Stoinis, now Kagiso Rabada likely to pull out of the contest, says report
Earlier, Australia’s David Warner, Marcus Stoinis and Shaheen Afridi have pulled out of the inaugural edition of The Hundred due to as they will be busy owing to their national commitment. The two players are part of Australia’s preliminary squad against West Indies while Afridi is named in Pakistan national squad for England series. Thus, they will miss the tournament that will run from July 21 to August 21. They are likely to give preference to spending quality time with their families after reuniting with them a month after IPL 2021 suspension.
Meanwhile, Southern Brave will miss the services of Andre Russell as he will be on international duty during West Indies’ T20I series versus Australia and Pakistan. They are looking for a temporary replacement.
Among others, Shaheen Afridi is set to pull out from his Birmingham Phoenix squad after being named in Pakistan’s T20I and Test squad for the tour of West Indies, reported ESPNCricinfo. Shadab Khan, who is part of the T20I squad, will also miss few matches for Manchester Originals.
Nine players from New Zealand who are involved in the T20 Blast, including Finn Allen, are likely to attract interest as a replacement for the Hundred.
Among women’s players, NZ’s Sophie Devine, Rachel Haynes and Jess Jonassen have also withdrawn from The Hundred to prepare for international cricket. Australian players might also pull out for the home series against India in September.
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