Former England international Ebony Rainford-Brent thinks The Hundred has set out a “statement” with the historic decision to start the tournament with a women’s match. The men’s and women’s competitions will then be played alongside each other.
“It’s amazing news,” said Rainford-Brent. “Men and women competing side by side, the women play the first game and that sets a statement. Women’s sport has been put on the backburner a bit over the last 12 months because of the pandemic and this is a real chance for young boys and girls to turn on the TV and see something exciting and the women are really going to drive it. It’s a fantastic message to start the tournament.”
“Hopefully there will be a lot of young girls watching and seeing their idols playing and in the spotlight. I know all the players are really excited to get involved,” he added. “The WBBL has played a massive role here in Australia in preparing players to play international cricket and new situations and pressure situations. I have no doubt The Hundred will do the same. The quality of players shows how good it is going to be and how much work has gone into it.”