Australian Cricketers David Warner, Marcus Stoinis Withdraw From The Hundered: ECB

Melbourne: Australian batsman David Warner and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis have withdrawn from the inaugural edition of The Hundred, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said. They were set to play for Southern Brave.

The duo have been included in Australia’s preliminary squads for the upcoming tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh. The schedule of the white-ball tours clashes with The Hundred’s July-August window.

“It is obviously disappointing to lose players with the ability of David and Marcus, but the realities of COVID means there are practicalities that are difficult for some overseas players to overcome,” the ECB said in a statement on Thursday.

“Replacement overseas players will be signed by Southern Brave, and we look forward to the Hundred showcasing world-class cricket this summer.”

Meanwhile, five Indian women cricketers — Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Deepti Sharma — will be seen in action in the inaugural edition of The Hundred.

The Hundred is a 100-ball cricket competition that will see prominent players (both men and women) featuring in the tournament in the English summer.

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