Sophie Devine of Phoenix had previously pulled out of the tournament. Ellyse Perry, an Australian all-rounder, has withdrawn from the inaugural edition of The Hundred, which is set to begin on July 21. Perry, 30, had been scheduled to play for the Birmingham Phoenix but opted out owing to personal reasons. Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning, and Rachael Haynes, her national colleagues, have also withdrawn from the event.
Sophie Devine, a New Zealand all-rounder, has already withdrawn from the T20 league. She was also a member of the Phoenix’s team, alongside Perry. Devine was replaced in the Birmingham team by India’s Shafali Verma, who is currently participating in the T20I series against England.
Devine pulled out, citing the need to “be in the ideal position to prepare for international cricket, particularly with the ICC Women’s World Cup slated to be contested in her native New Zealand in February,” according to an ECB statement.
The leader of the women’s tournament, Beth Barrett-Wild, expressed disappointment in Perry, who was born in New South Wales. Her successor has yet to be named.
“We are extremely disappointed that Ellyse Perry has had to withdraw from the Hundred due to personal circumstances, but we fully understand her choice and wish her all the best,” Beth Barrett-Wild was cited in Cricbuzz as saying.
The men’s edition of the event has also lost a number of participants. Some of the major names who have pulled out of the event include Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Kagiso Rabada, and Kane Williamson.
Despite the absence of Devine and Perry, two of the world’s most recognised all-rounders, the Phoenix have a solid lineup. Kirsty Gordon, Georgia Elwiss, and Amy Jones have all played limited-overs cricket for the England women’s side.
Emily Arlott, who recently received her first national call-up for the India series, is also a member of the squad. She is presently playing in the Charlotte Edwards Cup for the Central Sparks, where she has scored 29 runs and taken one wicket.
Birmingham Phoenix is a team from Birmingham, England.
Emily Arlott, Thea Brookes, Erin Burns, Gwen Davies, Georgia Elwiss, Ria Fackrell, Phoebe Franklin, Kirstie Gordon, Amy Jones, Evelyn Jones, Marie Kelly, Abtaha Maqsood, Shafali Verma, Isabelle Wong