Ellyse Perry, a star Australian All-rounder, has withdrawn from the Hundred’s inaugural season due to personal reasons. The 30-year-old was supposed to play for the Birmingham Phoenix in the 100-ball competition, which is scheduled to starts on July 21.
“We are obviously very disappointed that Ellyse Perry has had to withdraw from the Hundred due to personal circumstances, but we completely understand her decision and wish her all the best,” Beth Barrett-Wild, head of the women’s competition, was quoted as saying by ‘ESPNcricinfo’.
Her absence was a setback for Phoenix, who was already without the services of All-rounder Sophie Devine of New Zealand, who withdrew from the competition last month. Ellyse Perry’s replacement is yet to be named.
Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning, and Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry’s compatriots, have also withdrawn from the Hundred ahead of their home series against India, which starts on September 19. Five Indian women’s cricketers have signed up with different teams for the Hundred, which includes teen star Shafali Verma, Indian T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur, opener Smriti Mandhana, all-rounder Deepti Sharma and batswoman Jemimah Rodrigues.
The women’s Hundred will begin on July 21 and will run until August 21.