The Hundred 2021 – Kagiso Rabada set to tug out of deal to play within the Hundred
South Africa quick bowler turns into newest worldwide participant to withdraw
Rabada, the South Africa quick bowler who had signed for Manchester Originals, is at present concerned in a Take a look at sequence within the Caribbean. The workforce is then scheduled to play six limited-overs matches (three T20Is and three ODIs) in Eire in a tour that finishes on July 25, the identical day as Manchester Originals’ first residence fixture.
Whereas he would then doubtlessly have a number of weeks earlier than his subsequent project, it’s understood Rabada is choosing a break as a substitute of showing within the Hundred, for which he had been drafted within the £100,000 (US$140,000) bracket.
An ECB spokesperson stated: “We’re thrilled to welcome a participant of the standard of Lockie Ferguson to The Hundred. It is unhappy information that Kagiso won’t participate this 12 months however the schedule and challenges round worldwide journey as a consequence of Covid stay a problem for some abroad gamers.”
The match has had some encouraging information, although. Whereas the brand new authorities timetable for the lifting of Covid-related restrictions is a blow to the county sport – it implies that the T20 Blast programme won’t provide its common monetary windfall – it’d work to the benefit of the Hundred. The match begins on July 21, simply two days after the anticipated launch of restrictions on July 19.
George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo