The Hundred: Welsh Fire signs Sarah Taylor

After announcing retirement from international cricket in 2019, Sarah Taylor will be seen playing competitive cricket during the English summer. The former English wicketkeeper has signed a deal with Welsh Fire to play in the inaugural season of The Hundred. She will be ready to make her debut against Northern Chargers on July 24. The 31-year-old has recently been appointed as wicket-keeping coach of Sussex County Cricket Club

Sarah Taylor admired the group of players assembled in the squad of Welsh Fire while confirming that she will be returning to action in July. The World Cup winner with England has also insisted that it was too good an opportunity to pass up.

“There has been a real buzz about The Hundred, and especially the women’s competition. We’ve got the best players from around the world involved and the temptation to be part of it was too great to resist. I’m so excited at the prospect of playing again. It’ll be really special to get back out there and be part of a Welsh Fire side that hopefully can have a great first season.”

Earlier in March, Australia’s prolific all-rounder Ellyse Perry also joined the Hundred. Perry will be featuring for Birmingham Phoenix during the inaugural campaign. Having high-profile players such as Perry and Taylor bodes well for The Hundred.

The Hundred is a unique format of cricket introduced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). It was expected to go on the floor last year, but the pandemic spoilt things for ECB. With only 100 balls per innings, it is a unique format. The inaugural campaign will have men’s and women’s games happening in tandem.

The Hundred set to begin late in July

The first game of the season is the women’s game between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals on July 21. The final of both men’s and women’s tournaments will be taking place on August 21.  The Hundred is expecting more international players in the women’s tournament as there is talk about Indian players joining up squads in the next few months. Meanwhile, there were also reports in England that ECB is ready to offer stakes to IPL franchises in the teams of The Hundred. ECB is also reportedly ready to share broadcast revenue with BCCI to make sure Indian stars play in The Hundred.

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