England Captain Heather Knight said that the Hundred will put the women’s game on the same pedestal as the men’s this Summer. Knight was present at the Kia Oval to celebrate 50 days until the Hundred kicks off. The Hundred will go in the record books as the first sporting competition to have a women’s match as the headline event. There is an equal prize purse for both the men’s and women’s competitions.
“It’s going to be a real stage for the women’s game, which is key, putting it on the same pedestal as the men’s which is great,” Heather Knight said when discussing the Hundred. “It’s so good [that the tournament will start with a women’s game]. I think all eyes are going to be on it and hopefully, the girls can put on a show and there will be a real buzz about The Oval.”
“When I fell in love with cricket as a 10-year-old, all the role models I looked up to were men. This isn’t the case anymore.” Beth Barrett-Wild, Head of The Hundred Women’s Competition and Female Engagement, said. “For young girls discovering the game for the first time this summer through The Hundred, they will see a sport that is equally relevant and equally accessible for them, as it is for boys.”
Ex-England captain Nasser Hussain feels that the speed and simplicity of the Hundred will draw youngsters to the tournament. “I think it will be a real event. That’s what T20 cricket was like when it first started. This will be quicker. Some of the T20 games of late, especially in the IPL, have been going on far too long.” he said. “Sometimes in cricket, we complicate the game but it is a fairly simple game. Kids want to turn up and see bowling, batting, more runs, a brilliant catch. I think that’s what the Hundred will be like.”