The Hundred: David Warner, Marcus Stoinis, Shaheen Afridi pull out of the Hundred

The Hundred: David Warner, Marcus Stoinis, Shaheen Afridi pull out of the Hundred. The trio are picked in the national team(s)
The Hundred: David Warner, Marcus Stoinis, Shaheen Afridi pull out of the Hundred. The trio are picked in the national team(s)

The Hundred: David Warner, Marcus Stoinis, Shaheen Afridi pull out of the Hundred- Australia’s David Warner, Marcus Stoinis and Shaheen Afridi have pulled out of the inaugural edition of The Hundred due to as they will be busy owing to their national commitment. The two players are part of Australia’s preliminary squad against West Indies while Afridi is named in Pakistan national squad for England series. Thus, they will miss the tournament that will run from July 21 to August 21. They are likely to give preference to spending quality time with their families after reuniting with them a month after IPL 2021 suspension.

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

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

David Warner, Marcus Stoinis, Shaheen Afridi pull out of the Hundred

This is the second instance that Warner withdrew from the tournament citing family and personal reasons.  Meanwhile, Southern Brave will miss the services of Andre Russell as he will be on international duty during West Indies’ T20I series versus Australia and Pakistan. They are looking for a temporary replacement.

Meanwhile, seven other Australians are part of The Hundred- Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Chris Lynn, Aaron Finch, Nathan Coulter-Nile and D’Arcy Short. Only Lynn, Coulter-Nile and Short are likely to play in The Hundred for Northern Superchargers and Trent Rockets while the participation of other players is yet to be confirmed.

Among others, Shaheen Afridi is set to pull out from his Birmingham Phoenix squad after being named in Pakistan’s T20I and Test squad for the tour of West Indies, reported ESPNCricinfo. Shadab Khan, who is part of the T20I squad, will also miss few matches for Manchester Originals.

Nine players from New Zealand who are involved in the T20 Blast, including Finn Allen,  are likely to attract interest as a replacement for the Hundred.

Among women’s players, NZ’s Sophie Devine, Rachel Haynes and Jess Jonassen have also withdrawn from The Hundred to prepare for international cricket. Australian players might also pull out for the home series against India in September.

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