Heather Knight: The Hundred is putting women’s game at same level as men’s
The Hundred will kick off the women’s match between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals on July 21; As part of the celebrations for the remaining 50 days, 100 children participated in the Dynamos Cricket session with England captain Knight and some of her teammates.
London Spirit captain Heather Knight and Sky Cricket expert Nasser Hussain believe The Hundred will help continue the rise of women’s football.
England captain Heather Knight says The Hundred will put women’s cricket on the same pedestal as men’s when it launches this summer.
Knight spoke at the Kia Oval to celebrate 50 days until The Hundred begins with a women’s match between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals at that stadium on July 21.
The Hundred, the UK’s first major sports competition to be headlined with a women’s match, will also offer equal prize money between the men’s and women’s competitions.
Knight, who will be the captain of the London Spirit in the competition, said: “It’s going to be a real setting for the women’s game, which is key, putting it on the same pedestal as the men’s game, which is great.
“It’s so good [that the tournament will start with a women’s game]. I think all eyes will be on him and I hope the girls can put on a show and there is a big buzz about The Oval.
“It’s going to be really interesting how the tactics evolve. As captain it’s something completely different and the team that adapts the most and finds ways to innovate.” [will be successful]. “
Beth Barrett-Wild, Director of The Hundred Women’s Competition and Female Engagement, said: “When I fell in love with cricket when I was 10, all the role models I looked up to were men. This is not the case anymore.
“For girls discovering the game for the first time this summer through The Hundred, they will see a sport that is just as relevant and equally accessible to them as it is to boys.”
As part of the celebrations to mark the 50 days until the tournament begins, 100 children participated in a Dynamos Cricket session at The Kia Oval on Tuesday alongside players like Knight and her England teammates Fran Wilson and Sarah Glenn.
Sky Sports Cricket Expert Nasser Hussain feels that The Hundred’s speed and simplicity will make it an exciting tournament for youngsters.
The former England captain said: “I think it will be a real event. This is what T20 cricket was like when it started. This will be faster. Some of the T20 games of recent times, especially in the IPL, have gone far too long. .
“Sometimes in cricket, we complicate the game, but it’s a pretty simple game. The kids want to show up and see bowling, batting, more runs, a brilliant catch. I think that’s what the Hundred will be like.”
The England and Wales Cricket Board’s Dynamos Cricket program is for ages 8-11 of all abilities, allowing participants to stay active, have fun and make friends while developing their cricket skills.
To coincide with Women’s Big Cricket Month, which, for the second year in a row, aims to give more women and girls the opportunity to play, follow or attend cricket, another seven flagship Dynamos tryout sessions will be held with female players. high profile in every host city of The Hundred.
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