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The Hundred will return in 2023 with the first women’s player draft in a major UK sport.

Teams will be looking to select the best players from around the globe ahead of a summer competition full of world-class cricket and family-friendly entertainment.

Running alongside the men’s draft, the historic moment will see at least 32 domestic and overseas women’s players drafted, as teams look to build a winning squad.

Beth Barrett-Wild, Head of The Hundred Women’s Competition, said, “Introducing the draft represents another landmark moment for women’s sport in this country, as The Hundred continues to break new ground and accelerate professionalism within women’s cricket. 

“The impact of The Hundred on the women’s game after just two editions of the competition has been enormous, generating unprecedented levels of visibility, making household names of our brilliant female players, and driving performance standards.

“The inclusion of a draft going into year three builds on all of this.  It demonstrates progress off the field, and also acts to support all eight teams in creating evenly balanced squads on the field, with the aim of delivering the most exciting contest yet for fans to enjoy.”

London Spirit’s Heather Knight, said, “It is brilliant news that The Hundred will be holding the first-ever draft in the women’s game, and it’ll be fascinating to see who is first pick.

“We’ve already talked about it as a playing group – it’s really exciting and I think we’ve seen in the men’s game that drafts really get people discussing and debating selection, so it’s great that the women’s competition will be part of that conversation.”

Fans can register their interest now at thehundred.com.

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