According to Sky Sports specialist Nasser Hussain, The Hundred may match the IPL as fertile ground for young national talent when it launches this summer.
The city’s eight franchises have finalized their squads for the inaugural tournament, which begins in July, throughout the day Hundred Takeover on Sky Sports News.
Foreign male and female soccer stars including David Warner (Southern Brave), Kagiso Rabada (Manchester Originals) and Meg Lanning (Welsh Fire) have confirmed their places in The Hundred – and Nasser believes it can only be one good news for the English Game.
OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVELOP
“There’s an abundance of international quality coming in, married to young English talent, and there’s this willingness to learn from each other.
“Look at the IPL and the young Indian players have improved because they play with quality players day after day. There are star players coming.
“You have young batsmen like Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and how they developed as cricketers during the IPL because they play alongside the best.
“So this is a great opportunity for young English talent to develop, but most importantly when you look at all these teams and try to name which teams you choose, you choose high quality international players or young English players. knocking on the door is an excellent combination.
“It will be judged by the level and quality of the game and when you look at these players I think it will stand alone and it will work very, very well because of this combination of quality and quality sites.
“Hopefully the grounds will be good and the weather will be nice, the crowds that return will be part of it.”
NO DUMBING DOWN – THIS IS CRICKET FOR EVERYBODY
“There will always be a bit of criticism. There were criticisms for T20 when it started up and look where we are now.
“It will be the highest quality cricket and all the people who love cricket will love it now, but it is also for those who think it is cricket for me, my daughter and my son, can- Do I take them for a quick game and not spend too much money and have this enjoyment? ”.
“It’s not stupid, it’s making it available to the masses. I understand that people are kinda doubting – the one thing I don’t quite understand is why, if you’re a fan of T20, wouldn’t you be a hundred – bullet fan?
“It’s a rain delay on Finals day, when it rains for half an hour. I’ve commented on a lot of games that end up being a hundred ball game and they’ve been absolutely brilliant.
“Don’t do too much about the format – it’s the best players in the world coming together for another cricket match after the lockout, when I hope the fans come back and it’s going to be fun.”
THE WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT PROVIDES A ‘PATH’
“I am really delighted that the ECB has played this first game, a women’s game – it is right that the women’s game is in the foreground. It is a huge statement and the right thing to do.
“Women’s cricket was hit hard last year. The best statement will be when we start talking about it as the norm, this is how it should be.
“An example – Mady Villiers was signed today (by Trent Rockets). I know Mady pretty well from the school she attended, Shenfield High School in Essex.
“She was there a few years ago, she was signed by Essex, then moved on to the Surrey Stars, then played for England and today I woke up and the promo that followed featured her.
“So it changes someone’s life like that – it’s good for her but it’s also a path for any young girl out there, saying it could be my path in the future.”
RASHID IS THE KING OF SPINNERS
“Sam Billings, at the IPL auction, tweeted that his girlfriend turned to him and said, ‘Why weren’t you a bowler?’ You would have more money!
“Bowlers, the shorter the format, win your games – because you have to take wickets! If you don’t take wickets with the batters at the top of the order, you’re going to have millions of races!”
“But also being a spinner, a mystery spinner – guys who can spin it back and forth – if you think you have to try and hit every ball for four or six against a guy who spins it one way or the other. another, targeting the stump, by the time you figure out what the ball is doing, it’s too late to hit it out of the ground!
“And Rashid Khan is the best of the bunch – that’s why he was the first choice.”
WARNER REINFORCES SOUTHERN BRAVE EVEN STRONGER
“Looking at this team, with Jofra Archer, Andre Russell, David Warner, Marcus Stoinis, James Vince, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills – there is serious talent.
“There’s rhythm, rotation and now there’s a ‘gun’ hitter. He and Vince are different players – Warner a little more muscular and belts all over, then Vince, who was Big Bash’s second-highest scorer. , is a real delicate bullet timer.
“But Warner is a massive name and the exact type of ticket card that this tournament needs.
“He’s the kind of player, when you’ve got your side, you like – and when you play against them, you absolutely hate.”