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PremierLeague-News.Com - Sophie Ecclestone, the world's best T20 bowler, is set to star for Manchester Originals in this summer's ground-breaking competition
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Sophie Ecclestone is still pinching herself. Not because she’s touring New Zealand, where people can pop into pubs, go out for dinner and even watch sport surrounded by others, but because she’s earning a living from playing the sport that she loves.And after a 2020 to forget, she is hoping that by the time 2021 is over, that sport will have been transformed out of all recognition.The 21-year-old Lancastrian will be part of the Manchester Originals side that will kick off the inaugural Hundred competition against the Oval Invincibles – the first time a major mixed-team sporting competition has begun with a women’s fixture.The i newsletter latest news and analysisEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.It’s a ground-breaking move and one which illustrates a commitment to give the men’s and women’s game equal-billing. The Hundred may have split opinion, but it’s undeniable that the financial boost it will provide the women’s game could change cricket for good.Little wonder that Ecclestone – the world’s top ranked women’s T20 bowler – thinks she made the right call to pull the plug on a potential football career as a teenager.“I remember being about 15 and being with my dad in the car after training at Old Trafford,” says Ecclestone, who is touring with England. “At that point, I was playing football three times a week and cricket three or four times.“My mum, dad and brother were just ferrying me around everywhere. My dad said: ‘It’s time to choose one or the other, Soph – you either go and trial for Liverpool or Everton or you make a go of it with the cricket.’ I’m pretty pleased with the decision I made.
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.“I think the competition is going to be massive, not just for women’s cricket but women’s sport in general,” she says.“Obviously getting the same prize money as the men is something that should happen anyway but it’s massive that this is the first time we’ve had a competition that’s level-pegging with the men, with double-headers and then the first game of The Hundred [being a fixture between two women’s teams].“Will I end up bowling the first ball of the competition? Well, Kate Cross is captain so unless the pitch is a raging bunsen burner then I’ve no chance of getting the ball in my hand.”Pay equality is one thing but perhaps the biggest sign that things are truly changing would be a woman coaching in the men’s game at first class level – an eventuality brought into sharp focus in football with rumours linking Chelsea Women’s boss Emma Hayes with the manager’s post at AFC Wimbledon earlier this month. Ecclestone believes that wait in cricket might not be a long one.“I don’t think we’re far off at all,” she says. “I know there are a few players in the England team who are getting close to retirement age so I reckon in five or six years there will be some breaking through.“Someone like Anya Shrubsole, she knows the game like the back of her hand. Katherine Brunt is another big one, she has been playing cricket at the top level for something like 17 years, so the amount of experience she has will be more than a lot of men have – she has the right to go and coach a men’s team.“People say it all the time, but your gender shouldn’t matter. If you have the knowledge then you have the right to go and do that.”
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