Jemimah Rodrigues, an Indian batswoman, will play for Northern Superchargers in the inaugural edition of The Hundred, which is scheduled to begin from July 21 in England.
The 20-year-old will compete in the 100-ball tournament alongside her T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur, vice-captain Smriti Mandhana, opener Shafali Verma, and all-rounder Deepti Sharma.
“I am really looking forward to it (The Hundred). Something new, something different,” Rodrigues told the BBC’s ‘Stumped’ podcast.
“I have played for the Yorkshire Diamonds and my team is the Northern Superchargers. So, I have played a few of them before, Lauren Winfield is our captain,” Rodrigues added.
Rodrigues has been picked in Team India for the upcoming tour of England, which will begin on June 16 with a one-off Test in Bristol, followed by three ODIs and as many T20Is. She is currently undergoing a 14-day quarantine with the rest of the women’s and men’s teams.
Lauren Winfield-Hill, a World Cup winner for England, will lead the Northern Superchargers, which will also see the star Australian cricketer Alyssa Healy playing for them.
Talking about the tournament, the 100-ball tournament will feature a total of eight teams based in seven different cities with two teams from London. These teams are, Oval Invincibles from London, Welsh Fire from Cardiff, London Spirit from Lords, London, Manchester Originals from Old Trafford, Manchester, Northern Superchargers from Leeds and Southern Brave from Southampton.
Trent Rockets will represent Northampton, while Birmingham Phoenix will present Birmingham in the tournament. The teams will comprise both men’s and women’s squads with each having 15 players. As per rules, only three overseas cricketers are allowed to be a part of one team each.
The tournament will head start with a women’s match between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals at the Oval on Wednesday, July 21. The tournament will run until August 15.