Squads for the Women’s Hundred are set to be shaken up after plans were unveiled to introduce a draft for the 2023 season.
While the draft system has previously been in place for the men’s competition, the women’s teams have previously operated on the open market.
Each of the eight teams will be able to nominate just four retained players, with a minimum of four more signed during the draft phase. Welsh Fire will be granted first pick in the draft after finishing bottom this summer, with champions Oval Invincibles getting the last selection in the first round.
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The way women’s squads are selected for #TheHundred is changing! 😲
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— The Hundred (@thehundred) November 18, 2022
Organisers of the competition have trumpeted the move as a first for women’s sport in the UK, with England captain and London Spirit all-rounder Heather Knight welcoming the move.
She said: “It is brilliant news that The Hundred will be holding the first-ever draft in the women’s game, and it’ll be fascinating to see who is first pick.
“We’ve already talked about it as a playing group – it’s really exciting and I think we’ve seen in the men’s game that drafts really get people discussing and debating selection, so it’s great that the women’s competition will be part of that conversation.”