The Hundred: Event has single-handedly modified ladies's cricket, says Charlotte Edwards

The Hundred: Event has single-handedly modified ladies's cricket, says Charlotte Edwards

Southern Courageous coach and ex-England captain Charlotte Edwards believes the Hundred has “single-handedly modified ladies’s cricket on this nation”.

Ladies’s matches throughout the event drew crowds totalling 267,000 – the best for a ladies’s cricket occasion anyplace on this planet.

The earlier file was set in 2020, when 136,000 individuals attended the T20 World Cup in Australia.

“I by no means thought it might have the moment affect it has,” Edwards mentioned.

Edwards’ facet have been overwhelmed by Oval Invincibles within the closing at Lord’s on Saturday, which was performed in entrance of a 17,116-strong crowd.

“I’ve had the very best seat in the home, seen the crowds and seen the gamers’ response to all of it,” Edwards mentioned.

“I believe the Hundred has single-handedly modified ladies’s cricket on this nation. It has been a reasonably particular expertise for everybody concerned.”

Viewing of the ladies’s closing peaked at 1.4m throughout the BBC and Sky Sports activities, whereas the lads’s match, which was gained by Southern Courageous, hit a peak of two.4m.

Ticket gross sales throughout the four-week event totalled 510,000, with 19% of these for kids.

The vast majority of matches have been staged as double-headers because of the coronavirus pandemic and the England and Wales Cricket Board plans to retain this format for 2022.

“When you had requested me six months in the past, I might in all probability have been on the fence,” Edwards mentioned of the double-headers.

“Having skilled what we have skilled and the response to all of it, not less than for the subsequent three or 4 years the double-header format can be the right means ahead”.

The ECB additionally mentioned they’d deal with the pay disparity between the women and men’s gamers.

Whereas the winners took house equal prize cash, ladies’s salaries vary from £3,600 to £15,000, whereas the lads’s lowest pay bracket begins at £24,000.

The event was held concurrently the home 50-over competitors, which means there was no County Championship cricket since 11 July.

The shortage of red-ball cricket for England’s males within the build-up to their Check collection towards India has been criticised.

“The entire level of rising the bottom of the game is so that you shield the issues which are most treasured to us and that’s county cricket and Check cricket for us,” ECB chief government Tom Harrison added.

“The rationale why the Hundred has had a profitable begin is as a result of it’s electrifying content material and stuff that folks wish to watch.

“On the finish of the day, Check cricket is the top of the electrifying content material you see performed out all over the world. Gamers are nonetheless judging themselves by their performances within the Check format.”

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