The Hundred: Colin de Grandhomme to replace Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard pulls out – New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme will replace Andre Russell in the Southern Brave’s side while West Indies all-rounder Hayley Matthews has signed a deal with Welsh Fire for the upcoming The Hundred tournament. West Indies T20I captain Kieron Pollard has also pulled out from the competition due to injury.
de Grandhomme was the part of New Zealand squad that defeated the Indian team in the final of the World Test Championship last month. He will be replacing Russell who will be on national duty.
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“When I got the call to join Southern Brave it was an easy decision. I’ve settled in really well at Hampshire and I’m hoping to create some more fantastic memories at the Ageas Bowl. I’m really looking forward to linking up with Devon Conway again and all of the guys can’t wait to get going,” de Grandhomme said.
On the other hand, Matthews was Player of the Match when West Indies won the 2016 World T20 in Kolkata. She will be replacing Suné Luus who has been tested positive for Covid-19.
Trent Rockets signed Marchant de Lange in place of Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz. Wahab faced visa-related issues and returned to Pakistan. West Indies captain Kieron Pollard who is suffering from an injury is replaced by Glenn Phillips. Ellyse Perry has withdrawn from the competition due to personal reasons and will be replaced by Katie Mack. Amy Jones was named the captain of Adelaide Strikers. England batsman Ollie Pope will also be missing the first few matches of The Hundred as he recovers from a quad injury.
Hayley Matthews said, “I’m thrilled to be taking part in The Hundred this summer. It’ll be a lot of fun to play in Cardiff alongside the like of Sarah Taylor in front of big crowds. The Hundred can help move women’s cricket forward and it’ll be great to take part.”
Beth Barrett-Wild, Head of The Hundred Women’s Competition said: “I’m gutted for Suné Luus, I know how excited she was about playing for Welsh Fire in The Hundred this summer, but we all wish her a very speedy recovery. In Hayley Matthews we have a big stage player, in brilliant form, coming in, and I’m sure she will be looking forward to the opportunity to show off her skills.”
Cricket schedule for July: The Hundred Men’s Competition 2021
Jul 22, Thu- 1st Match- The Oval
Aug 21, Sat- Final- Lord’s