The Hundred is the newest innovation of cricket. It’s a 100-ball cricket tournament involving eight franchises, both men’s and women’s across England and Wales.
The tournament follows a draft system for its franchises to pick up players for their squads. The men’s Hundred draft and the announcement of women’s signings for the second edition of the tournament were due on 30th March 2022. However, it has now been postponed by the authorities to avoid a clash with the Legend Shane Warne’s funeral.
Warne’s funeral is also scheduled for the 30th of March. Shane Warne passed away of a suspected heart attack, while on a ‘boy’s trip’ in Thailand. The legend was found unresponsive in his luxurious villa on the 4th of March. His body was then flown to Melbourne after autopsy for the final rituals.
His funeral will be taking place at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, where his friends and relatives will come together, remembering the legend’s colourful life. Notably, Warne was a part of The Hundred in its inaugural edition. He was the Head Coach of London Spirits in 2021 and was set to continue with the role this year as well.
The postponement was announced by The Hundred through a statement that read – “This is a week later than previously advertised due to Shane Warne state funeral taking place on Wednesday 30 March. Shane was a much-loved part of The Hundred and played an important role in launching the competition as Head Coach of London Spirit’s men’s team. He will be hugely missed by everyone involved in the competition.”