- Title: The Hundred - new cricket competition launches targeting gender equality
- Date: 21st July 2021
- Summary: BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 20, 2021) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) JONES, SAYING: "I was very lucky in that parents and friends took me to go and watch England women. We had to drive to Yorkshire, to Lord's, obviously brilliant days out but not something everyone can do. So I think with it being a lot more accessible, people will see it firstly they'll be able to carry on following it. It's really available, they can get to know the players, they can support a team regularly that's local, and I think it will just have a massive impact on the amount of kids that take up the sport or even just watch. And yeah, I think it's hugely important."
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- Keywords: Amy Jones Edgbaston Kia Oval Lord's The Hundred cricket equality gender
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- Story Text: The Hundred, a new cricket competition that aims to put gender equality at its heart, launches today (July 21).
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has invested heavily in the competition, which it hopes will attract new, younger audiences to the sport. Matches will comprise 100 balls per innings with a change of ends after 10 deliveries. Eight teams from seven cities will compete in the new competition, that will feature international and domestic cricketers, including England women's and men's World Cup winners. All games will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and the BBC.
Measures have been introduced to make this competition more gender-equal, including gender-neutral language ('batter' instead of 'batsman'), equal investment (equal prize money, hotels, flights), and visibility (all women's games broadcast and equal marketing platform). The salaries will not be the same for the men and the women, which is a point The Hundred says they will be looking to address in the future.
The tournament will start with a standalone women's game between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals at the Kia Oval. The men's competition begins a day late on July 22.
The launch of the inaugural edition was postponed last year due to the pandemic.
(Production: Sophie Penney)
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